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Commemorated on February 22nd

Finding of the Precious Relics of the Holy Martyrs of Eugenios

20th Feb saints

During the persecutions against Christians the relics of the holy martyrs were usually buried by the faithful in hidden places. So at Constantinople, near the gates and tower in the Eugenios quarter, the bodies of several martyrs were found when Thomas was Patriarch of that city during 607-610 AD. Their names remain unknown by the Church.

When miracles of healing began at this spot, the relics of the Saints were discovered and transferred to a church with great honor. It was revealed to a certain pious clergyman, Nicholas Kalligraphos, that among the relics discovered were those of the holy Apostle Andronikos of the Seventy and his helper Junia (commemorated May 17), whom the Apostle Paul mentions in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom 16:7). In the twelfth century, a great domed church was built on the spot where the relics of the holy martyrs were discovered. This work was undertaken by the Emperor Andronikos (1183-1185 AD), whose patron Saint was the holy Apostle Andronikos.

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 (Fourth Tone)

When you shined forth from the earth like luminaries, you dispersed the gloomy mist of all impiety, O Saints, and you enlightened believing souls, O godly Martyrs who championed the Trinity.