The Holy Hieromartyr Pancratios, Bishop of Tauromenium in Sicily
This Saint, who was a contemporary of the Apostles, had Antioch as his homeland, where he was guided to the Faith of Christ by Peter, the Chief of the Apostles. Later, he came to Sicily, where he brought many to the Faith, and was finally put to death by the pagans.
Apolytikion of Hieromartyr Pancratios 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 Pancratios. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion of Hieromartyr Pancratios in the Third Tone
He that breathed with tongues of fire upon the holy Apostles gave thee, O Pancratios, the selfsame mystical graces; as the heir and true disciple of Simon Peter, thou didst shine upon the West with the saving Gospel and with blood didst seal thy preaching both as a hierarch and faithful Martyr of Christ.
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