Eulampius & Eulampia the Martyrs
The Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia were from Nicomedia, and contested for Christ during the reign of Maximian, in the year 296.
Apolytikion of Martyrs Eulampius & Eulampia 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 Martyrs Eulampius & Eulampia in the Third Tone
To the wise Eulampius and brave Eulampia with him, to those siblings in the flesh and Martyrs valiant in courage, we now offer praise and honour, for with the power of Him that dies on the Cross, they have shamed and vanquished all the tyrants’ schemes; for they are the Martyrs’ glory and their rejoicing and boast.
The 14 Holy Elders of Optina Monastery
On this day we also celebrate the Synaxis of the Righteous Fathers of Optina Hermitage in Russia, who struggled valiantly in the monastic life in prayer, humility, obedience, and love, and whom God deemed worthy of the lofty gifts of discernment, prophecy, clairvoyance, and eldership, that is, the grace to guide souls on the unerring path of salvation. They are Leo (who reposed in 1841), Macarius (1860), Moses (1862), Anthony (1865), Hilarion (1873), Ambrose (1891), Anatolius (1894), Isaacius (1894), Joseph (1911), Barsanuphius (1913), Anatolius (1922), Nectarius (1928), Nicon (1931), and Isaacius (1936).
Apolytikion of 14 Elders of Optina Monastery in the Plagal of the First Tone
For your greatness in prayer and humility and love, for your ascetical firmness and Orthodoxy of faith, God hath given His exceeding wondrous gifts to you as unto prophets of His will, as to angels on the earth, and stewards of men’s salvation. Wherefore enlighten us also, O universal lights of Optina.
Kontakion of 14 Elders of Optina Monastery in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
To Leo, Moses, Anatolius, and Anthony; to Barsanuphius, Macarius, Hilarion: to Isaacius and Nicon, the righteous Martyrs; to Nectarius and Joseph and Isaacius, Anatolius, and Ambrose, who outshineth all, let us cry with joy: Rejoice, O Elders of Optina.
We Also Celebrate Today:
Our Righteous Father Theophilus the Confessor
The 200 Monk-martyrs of Nicomedia
Vassianos the Righteous of Constantinople
Pinytos, Bishop of Knossos