Holy Martyr Romanos
St Romanos lived during the reign of Maximian in Antioch. He presented himself before Asclepiades the Eparch, and rebuked him, saying, “The idols are not gods; even a little child could tell you that”. Then the Saint asked that a child be brought in from the market, that he might be the judge of the matter at hand. Therefore, when the child was asked, “Which God must we worship?” he replied, “Christ”. The child was beaten mercilessly and beheaded at the command of the tyrant. As for St Romanos, his tongue was cut out, and then he was cast into prison, where he was strangled in the year 305 AD.
Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
O all-lauded Romanus, since the Church has you as a bright, majestic star, She is now guided by the light of your great contests, and She praises and glorifies your all-luminous memory.
Plato the Great Martyr of Ancyra
Saint Plato contested in martyrdom in 266, when Agrippinus was proconsul. He was from the city of Ancyra in the province of Galatia.
Apolytikion of Great Martyr Plato 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 Great Martyr Plato in the Third Tone
Thine all-holy memory doth cheer and gladden the whole world, calling all to come to thine august and ven’rable temple; wherein now, with jubilation we have all gathered, and with odes we hymn thy triumphs, O Martyr Plato, and with faith, we cry out to thee: Rescue thy people, O Saint, from barbarous foes.
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