Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler Euthymius the Great
St Theoctistus, a monk at the Palestinian lavra of Pharan, embraced a more severe life in the wilderness with his friend St Euthymius the Great. They founded a monastery, of which Theoctistus was the Abbot. He reposed in deep old age in 451 AD.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
In holiness consecrated to God from your youth, O wise Theoctistus, you hated attachment to all things vain and corruptible. Hence, while shining brightly in divine prayer and stillness, you were a strict trainer of God-bearing monastics. And now, O blessed Father, guide us who come to you.
Kontakion (First Tone)
You preserved the dignity of your soul free of every stain, which as God’s creature, you wholly dedicate to the Lord, O righteous one; and divinely enlightened, you rose to the pinnacle of true godliness, O godly Theoctistus, confirming your name in very deed.
Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedea
After the death of the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, their Bishop Anthimus fled to a certain village to care for his remaining flock. The Emperor Maximian sent men in search of him. When they found him, he promised to show Anthimus to them, but first took them in as guests, fed them, and only then made himself known to them. Amazed at his kindness, the soldiers promised him to tell Maximian that they had not found him. But Anthimus went willingly with them, and converting them by his admonitions, baptized them on the way. He boldly confessed his Faith before Maximian, and after frightful tortures was beheaded in the year 303 or 304.
Apolytikion of Hieromartyr Anthimus in the Fourth Tone
As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Anthimus . Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of Hieromartyr Anthimus in the Fourth Tone
Among God’s priests wast thou distinguished for fervour; and in completing well thy course as a Martyr, thou didst quench all the power of idolatry; for thou wast the champion of thy flock; hence, it crieth unto thee now mystically, as it showeth thee honour: Deliver us from perils by thy prayers, O godly-minded and glorious Anthimus.
Also Celebrated Today:
- Polydorus the Martyr of New Ephesus
- Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Pentopolis
- Chariton the Martyr
- Phoebe the Deaconess