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Saints

Commemorated on March 19th

Holy Martyrs Chrysanthos and Daria

Chrysanthos_&_Daria_the_Martyrs 19th Mar

St Chrysanthos, who was from Alexandria, had been instructed in the Faith of Christ by a certain Bishop. His father, who was a senator by rank and a pagan, had him shut up in prison for many days; then, seeing the unchanging disposition of his mind, he commanded that a certain young woman name Daria be brought from Athens. She was a very beautiful and learned maiden, and an idolater, and Chrysanthos' father wedded him to her so that he might be drawn away from the Faith of Christ because of his love for her. Instead of this however, Chrysanthos drew Daria to piety, and both of them boldly proclaimed Christ and received the crown of martyrdom in 283 AD, during the reign of Numerian, when they were buried alive in a pit of mire.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Be quick to anticipate

Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of perfection 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)

O Chrysanthos, in the sweet fragrance of holiness you drew Daria to saving knowledge. Together in contest you routed the serpent, the author of all evil, and were worthily taken up to the heavenly realms.