Commemorated on February 27th
Prokopios of Decapolis, the Confessor
St Prokopios the Decapolite lived during the eighth century in the region of Decapolis (Mark 7:31), to the east of Lake Galilee. There he laboured for his salvation, struggling in asceticism. St. Prokopios, his fellow ascetic St. Basil (commemorated February 28), and others zealous for holy Orthodoxy rose up against the Iconoclast heresy of those times. By order of the Emperor Leo the Isaurian (716-741 AD), St Prokopios was arrested, subjected to a fierce scourging and thrown into prison. Here he languished together with St Basil until the very death of the oppressive Emperor, after which the holy confessors were set free. St Prokopios spent the rest of his life in peace, guiding many on the way of virtue and salvation. He died in old age, around the year 750 AD.
Dismissal Hymn (Plagal of Fourth Tone)
With the rivers of your tears, you cultivated the barrenness of the desert; and by your sighing from the depths, you beared fruit a hundredfold in labours; and you became a luminary, shing with miracles upon the world, O Procopios our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
On this day You have appeared
O renowned Procopios, having obtained you as a morning star this day, the Church dispelled all the gloom of evil doctrine, while honoring you, O initiate of Heaven and man of God.