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Saints

Commemorated on April 15th

Martyr Crescens

The Mandylion 4th April

This Martyr was from Myra of Lycia, born of an illustrious family. Of his own accord, he went amidst the idolaters and admonished them to leave off their futile religion and worship the only true God, Who is worshipped by the Christians; for this he was arrested. When asked by the ruler what his name and lineage were, the Saint would answer only that he was a Christian; counseled to offer sacrifice to the idols, he refused. For this, he was hung up and beaten, was scraped, and then was cast into fire, in which he gave up his holy soul into the hands of God, though not even the hair of his head was harmed by the flames.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Be quick to anticipate

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

Inspired Crescens, you ended your life as a martyr. You rejoiced in your torments and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Pray to the Lord for us who celebrate thy memory.