Paramonus, Philumenus and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia
St Paramonus contested for piety’s sake during the reign of Decius, in 250 AD. A ruler named Aquilinus, seeking relief from a bodily malady, visited a certain therapeutic hot spring. He brought with him captive Christians from Nicomedia, and commanded them to offer sacrifice in the temple of Isis. When they refused, he had them all slaughtered, to the number of 370. Saint Paramonus, beholding their murder, boldly cried out against such an act of ungodliness. When Aquilinus heard this, he sent men to take the Saint. Some smote him with spears; others pierced his tongue and body with sharp reeds, until he died.
St Philumenus’ contest in martyrdom took place during the reign of Aurelian, in 270 AD. Coming from Lycaonia, he was conveying a load of wheat into Galatia when he was denounced as a Christian to Felix, Governor of Ancyra. Nails were driven into his hands, feet, and head, and he was commanded to run. While running in the road, he fell and gave up his holy soul into the hands of God.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since they possessed Your strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ powerless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.
Kontakion (Second Tone)
Enlisted by Christ through faith and through your fervent love, you cut down the ranks of all the wicked enemies; and upon receiving the crown of victory, O wise Paramonus and most godly Philumenus, you now dwell together with Angel’s hosts.
We Also Celebrate Today:
Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica
Dionysios, Bishop of Corinth
Akakios of Sinai who is mentioned in The Ladder
Phaedrus the Martyr