Forefeast of the Transfiguration
Martyr Eusignius

05-08-2015 All day

Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

transfigurationApolytikion of Forefeast of the Transfiguration in the Fourth Tone

Come, let us all welcome the Transfiguration of Christ, and joyously celebrate the bright prefestival, O ye faithful, and let us cry: Nigh at hand now is the day of God-given gladness, as the Sovereign Master goeth up on Mount Tabor to flash forth with the beautiful light of His Divinity.

Kontakion of Forefeast of the Transfiguration in the Fourth Tone

All of mortal nature now divinely shineth on this day with the divine Transfiguration ere the time; and in great gladness, she crieth out: Christ is transfigured, and saveth the race of man.

Martyr Eusignius

Martyr Eusignius was from Antioch, and had been a soldier from the time of the reign of Constantius Chlorus (the father of St Constantine the Great) to that of Julian the Apostate. He censured Julian’s ungodliness and reminded him that he was the nephew of St Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. He reminded him further, that from his tender youth he had been nourished on the milk of piety and instructed in the Faith of Christ, had been a fellow student of St Basil the Great and St Gregory the Theologian. He also reminded Juilan that he had been a reader of the Church of Nicomedia, that he had set all these things at naught and become a transgressor of the promises made in his divine Baptism, and had offered to the idols the adoration that is due to God alone. Reminding the Apostate of all these things and reproving him, he was beheaded in the year 361 AD, having lived altogether 110 years, and been a soldier for more than 60.

Dismissal Hymn of the Martyr

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contested for You and received as the prize the crowns of non-corruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants, and wholly destroyed the demons’ powerless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion of the Martyr

As first fruits of our nature

As to a man of godly mind and Martyr for true piety, today the Church gives honour and glory to supremely wise Eusignius; and his all hallowed contests does she praise, as she ever cries out, “By his prayers, preserve Your lowly servants, O You Who are greatly merciful”.

 

We Also Celebrate Today:

Our Righteous Father Eugene of Aitola
Euthymios, Patriarch of Constantinople
Christos the New Martyr of Prevezis
Oswald the Martyr, King of Northumbria