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Saints

Commemorated on January 31st

Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John

tree of life

Sts Cyrus and John lived during the years of Diocletian. St Cyrus was from Alexandria, and St John was from Edessa of Mesopotamia. Because of the persecution of that time, Cyrus fled to the Gulf of Arabia, where there was a small community of monks. John, who was a soldier, heard of Cyrus' fame and came to join him. Henceforth, they passed their life working every virtue, and healing every illness and disease freely by the grace of Christ; hence their title of "Unmercenaries".

They heard that a certain woman, named Athanasia, had been apprehended together with her daughters Theodota, Theoctiste and Eudoxia, and taken to the tribunal for their confession of the Faith. Fearing lest the tender young maidens be terrified by the torments and renounce Christ, they went to strengthen them in their contest in martyrdom; therefore they too were seized. After Cyrus, John, and those sacred women had been greatly tormented, all were beheaded in the year 292 AD. Their tomb became a renowned shrine in Egypt, and a place of universal pilgrimage. It was found in the area of the modern day resort near Alexandria named Abu Kyr.

Dismissal Hymn

Since You have given us the miracles of Your holy Martyrs as an invincible battlement, by their entreaties scatter the counsels of the heathen, O Christ our God, and strengthen the faith of Orthodox Christians, since You alone are good and the Friend of man.

Kontakion

On this day the Virgin

From divine grace, you received the gift to work awesome marvels; thus, O Saints, throughout the world ye ever work signs and wonders; and you cut out all our passions and all our suffering with an invisible surgery, for you truly are divinely wise physicians, O godly Cyrus, and John, beloved of God.