Amplias, Apelles, Stachys, Urban, Aristobulus & Narcissus of the 70
Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called made Stachys Bishop of Byzantium, where he was Bishop for 16 years, zealously preaching the Gospel of Christ and converting pagans to the true Faith. St Amplias was Bishop in the city of Diospolis, and St Urban, in Macedonia. The holy Apostle Andrew also made them Bishops. For preaching the Gospel, they were put to death by Jews and pagan Greeks. St Narcissus was Bishop of Athens, and St. Apelles was Bishop at Heraclium.
Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)
Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Stáchys, Amplías, Úrban, Narcíssus, and Apélles entreat the merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.
Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
Let us thankfully praise the wise Apostles Stáchys, Amplías, Úrban, Narcíssus, and Apélles those treasures of the Holy Spirit and rays of the Sun of glory, who were gathered together by the grace of our God.
The Holy Martyr Epimachus of Egypt
The Martyr Epimachus, who was from Egypt, had lived the ascetical life on Mount Pelusium. He came to Alexandria during the reign of Decius, and was arrested by Apellianus the Governor. He suffered martyrdom in the year 251.
Apolytikion of Epimachus of Alexandria in the Fourth Tone
Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
Kontakion of Epimachus of Alexandria in the Third Tone
Of thine own accord didst thou go to contend for the right Faith, and thou, O Epimachus, didst bravely cry to the lawless: I am come to strive in contest for truth eternal and to mock the graven images of perdition. And when thou hadst been beheaded, thou wast arrayed in a crown of glory and life.
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