Lucillian of Byzantium, the Four Martyred Youths and Paula the Virgin
Formerly a priest of the idols near Nicomedia, the Saint came to the Christian Faith in his old age; this was during the reign of Aurelian (270-275 AD). Lucillian was brought before Silvan the Count; when he refused to return to the service of the idols, his jaw was broken, he was beaten with rods, and hanged upside down, then imprisoned with four Christian children, Claudius, Hypatius, Paul, and Dionysius. All of them were brought out again before Silvan and remaining constant in their faith, were cast into a raging furnace. Preserved unharmed: they were sent to Byzantium, where the children were beheaded, and Lucillian was crucified. The virgin Paula, a Christian, buried their holy relics. For this, she was taken before the Count, and refusing to sacrifice to the idols, was stripped naked and mercilessly thrashed; after other torments, she was beheaded in 270 AD. There was a church in their honour in Constantinople.
Dismissal Hymn (First Tone)
Let all of us entreat Christ the Lord’s holy martyrs, for they make supplication for our souls’ salvation; with faith and with longing, therefore, let us draw closer to them, for they overflow with the divine grace of healing, and they drive away the ranks of demons in terror as guardians of the Faith.
We Also Celebrate Today:
Athanasios the Wonderworker
Kevin, Abbot of Glendalough