Martyr Mamas
John the Abstainer, Patriarch of Constantinople

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Saint Mammas, the Martyr

mamas[1]Saint Mammas was from Gangra of Paphlagonia. He was born in prison, where his parents were suffering for Christ’s sake and ended their lives. He was named Mammas because, after he had long remained without speaking, he addressed his foster mother Ammia as “mamma.” He contested for Christ about the year 275.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and completely destroyed the demon’s strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our soul, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Third Tone)

With the staff bestowed on you by God, O holy Great Martyr, shepherd us your people in green and life-giving pastures; swiftly crush with godly power unseen and wild beasts underneath the feet of them that praise you with longing; for in dangers we all have you, O Mamas, as our fervent protector and help.


John the Abstainer, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint John became Patriarch during the reign of Tiberius, in the year 582, governed the Church for thirteen years and five months, and reposed in peace in 595. It was during this Patriarch’s reign, in the year 586, that the title “Ecumenical Patriarch,” not used before this, came to be instituted.

Apolytikion of John, Patriarch Of Constantinople in the Fourth Tone

A model of faith and the image of gentleness, the example of your life has shown you forth to your sheep-fold to be a master of temperance. You obtained thus through being lowly, gifts from on high, and riches through poverty. John, our father and priest of priests, intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.


Also Celebrated Today:

  • Paul, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • Ammon & Aeithalas the Martyrs of Thrace
  • Cosmas the Hermit