St Phocas was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope. He contested for the Faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in 102 AD, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. St John Chrysostom composed a homily in his honour. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, you found discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Therefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, you also contested for the Faith even to blood, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion (Second Tone)
The Master has established you as a divinely-radiant luminous, and spiritual sun shining upon the multitude of the Church’s faithful, O glorious Martyr Phocas; for He has accepted your life, faith and contests as fragrant myrrh, since He alone is abundant in mercy.