Epiphanios, Bishop of Cyprus
Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople
Theodorus of Cythera

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Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus

Epiphanios,_Bishop_of_CyprusSaint Epiphanios was born about 310 in Besanduc, a village of Palestine, of Jewish parents who were poor and tillers of the soil. In his youth he came to faith in Christ and was baptized with his sister, after which he distributed all he had to the poor and became a monk, being a younger contemporary of Saint Hilarion the Great (commemorated October 21), whom he knew. He also visited the renowned monks of Egypt to learn their ways of asceticism. The fame of his virtue had spread, and many in Egypt desired to make him a Bishop. When he learned of this, he fled, returning to Palestine. However, after a time he learned that the Bishops there also intended to consecrate him to a widowed Bishopric, and he fled to Cyprus. In Paphos he met Saint Hilarion, who told him to go to Constantia, a city of Cyprus also called Salamis. Epiphanios answered that he preferred to take ship for Gaza, which, despite Saint Hilarion’s admonitions, he did.

However, a contrary wind brought the ship to Constantia where, by the providence of God, Epiphanios fell into the hands of Bishops who had come together to elect a successor to the newly-departed Bishop of Constantia, and the venerable Epiphanios was at last constrained to be consecrated, about the year 367 AD. He was fluent in Hebrew, Egyptian, Syriac, Greek, and Latin, and because of this, he was called “Five-tongued”. He had the gift of working miracles, and was held in such reverence by all, that although he was a known enemy of heresy, he was well nigh the only eminent bishop that the Arians did not dare to drive into exile when the Emperor Valens persecuted the Orthodox about the year 371 AD. Having tended his flock in a manner pleasing to God, and guarded it undefiled from every heresy, he reposed about the year 403 AD, having lived for 93 years. Among his sacred writings, the one that is held in special esteem is the Panarion (from the Latin Panarium, that is, “Bread-box”), containing the proofs of the truth of the Faith, and an examination of eighty heresies.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Your gentleness: do not take Your mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

Let us the faithful duly praise the most wondrous and sacred pair of hierarchs, even Germanus together with the godly Epiphanios; for these righteous Saints of God burned the tongues of the godless with the sacred teachings which they most wisely expounded to all those who in Orthodox belief do ever hymn the great mystery of piety.

 

Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Germanos, who was from Constantinople, was born to an illustrious family, the son of Justinian the Patrician. First he became Metropolitan of Cyzicus; in 715 he was elevated to the throne of Constantinople; but because of his courageous resistance to Leo the Isaurian’s impious decree which inaugurated the war upon the holy icons, he was exiled from his throne in 715. He lived the rest of his life in privacy, and reposed about 740, full of days. The fore-most of his writings is that which deals with the Six Ecumenical Councils. He wrote many hymns also, as is apparent from the titles of many stichera and idiomela, among which are those for the Feast of the Meeting in the Temple.

Apolytikion of Germanos, Patriarch Of Constantinople in the Fourth Tone

O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.

Kontakion of Germanos, Patriarch Of Constantinople in the Fourth Tone

Let us the faithful duly praise the most wondrous and sacred pair of hierarchs, even Germanos together with the godly Epiphanios; for these righteous Saints of God burned the tongues of the godless with the sacred teachings which they most wisely expounded to all those who in Orthodox belief do ever hymn the great myst’ry of piety.

Apolytikion of the Second Thursday after Pascha in the Grave Tone

Christ our God, You are the Life that dawned from the grave, though the tomb was sealed. Through closed doors You came to the Apostles. You are the Resurrection of all. And, You renewed us through them with an upright spirit, according to Your great mercy.