Mary & Martha, the Sisters of Lazarus
The Holy Myrrh bearers Mary and Martha, together with their brother St Lazarus, were especially devoted to our Saviour, as we see from the accounts given in the tenth chapter of St Luke, and in the eleventh and twelfth chapters of St John. They reposed in Cyprus, where their brother became the first Bishop of Kition after his resurrection from the dead. See also the accounts on Lazarus Saturday and the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women.
Apolytikion of Saints Mary and Martha (Third Tone)
Since you believed in Christ with strong and ardent faith, and ever worshipped His divine and mighty deeds, you both adorned yourselves with all the splendour of sacred virtues. With your holy brother now, you are also vouchsafed to dwell with the ranks of Saints on high, O sisters of Lazarus; and with him, O wise Mary and Martha, pray for us all unto the Master.
Kontakion of Saints Mary and Martha (Third Tone)
In the town of Bethany, you dwelt of old; now in Heaven you abide in Paradise, where our Lord’s countenance shines. For you gave your hearts and souls up with fervent longing unto Him that is the Life and the Resurrection; as you stand on high, O Mary and Martha, pray Him to grant salvation to us.
Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople
Saint Metrophanes was born of pagan parents, but believed in Christ at a young age, and came to Byzantium. He lived at the end of the persecution of the Roman Emperors, and became the Bishop of Byzantium from about 315 to 325, during which time Saint Constantine the Great made it the capital of the Roman Empire, calling it New Rome. Saint Metrophanes sent his delegate, the priest Alexander, to the First Ecumenical Council in 325, since he could not attend because of old age. He reposed the same year and was buried by Saint James of Nisibis (celebrated Jan. 13), one of the Fathers present at the First Ecumenical Council. The Canons to the Trinity of the Octoechos are not the work of this Metrophanes but another, who was Bishop of Smyrna about the middle of the ninth century, during the life of Saint Photius the Great.
Apolytikion of Metrophanes Archbishop of Constantinople in the First Tone
Proclaiming the great mystery, the Godhead in Three Persons, thou didst make most clear unto all men Christ’s saving dispensation. A shepherd to sheep endowed with speech, thou dravest off the spiritual wolves, and didst save from their destruction and savagery the lambs of Christ God, who cried out: Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that confirmed the pure Orthodox Faith through thee.
Kontakion of Metrophanes Archbishop of Constantinople in the Second Tone
Thou clearly didst teach the dogmas of the Faith of Christ; and keeping it well, thou didst increase thy faithful flock to a mighty multitude indeed. Wherefore now, O Metrophanes, with the Angels dost thou rejoice, while ceaselessly praying Christ God for us all.
We Also Celebrate Today:
Sophia of Thrace, The Mother of Orphans
Petroc, Abbot of Padstow