Martyr Akylina of Syria

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Akylina_the_Martyr_of_SyriaAkylina contested in Byblos of Syria during the reign of Diocletian, in 289 AD. She was brought before the governor of the region, because she taught other young maidens to turn from the idols to Christ. Her ears were pierced with heated spits until blood ran from her nostrils; finally, she was beheaded, at the age of ten or twelve.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

O Lord Jesus, to You Your lamb cries with a great voice, “O my Bridegroom, You I love; and seeking You, I now contest, and with Your baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Your sake, that I may reign with You; for Your sake I die, that I may live in You: accept me offered out of longing to You as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since You are great in mercy.

Kontakion (Third Tone)

With the sprinkling of your blood you were made pure, O fair virgin, and with crowns of martyrdom you are crowned, O Akylina; Christ your Bridegroom, Who gives life everlasting and for this reason has given you to those in afflictions, for the healing of their illness and their salvation when they in faith flee to you.