St Carpos was Bishop of the Church of Thyatira in Asia Minor and Papylos was his Deacon, whom he had ordained. Seized as Christians and tormented in Thyatira, they were taken to Sardis, whither Agathadoros, their servant, followed them, and also confessed Christ, and was tormented with them. Together with Agathonicki, the sister of St Papylos, they were all beheaded during the reign of Decius, in the year 250 AD.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since they possessed Your strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ powerless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.
Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
To those on earth our Sovereign Master has granted your sacred relics as a most precious treasure and as a fountain pouring forth great streams of cures. For they purge away the ills of the manifold passions and bestow upon our souls grace divine without ceasing. Therefore with one accord we keep your feast with fervent longing, O Carpos, Paphylos, Agathodoro, and Agathoniki.
Also Celebrated Today:
- Benjamin the Deacon
- Chryssi the New Martyr of Greece
- Florentios the Martyr of Thessaloniki
- Meletios of Pegas, Patriarch of Alexandria