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Saints

Commemorated on May 11th

Mokios the Holy Martyr

The Holy Hieromartyr Mokios, who was of Roman parents, lived during the reign of Diocletian, and was a priest in Amphipolis of Thrace. One day as the idolaters were assembled, and the Proconsul Laodicius was offering sacrifice to Dionysus, Mokios entered the temple and overturned the altar. After many torments, through which he was preserved whole by grace divine, he was sent to Byzantium, where he was beheaded about the year 288 AD. St Constantine the Great built a magnificent church in honour of Saint Mokios in Constantinople, where his holy relics were enshrined. He is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.

Dismissal Hymn (First Tone)

In serving Christ our King as a priest of His mysteries, you willingly went forward, O Mokios, to offer yourself to Him through the pains of a willing death. Therefore, crowned by Christ both as a priest and a martyr, you heal the ills of all who fervently honour your holy memorial.

Kontakion (Second Tone)

Armed with the breastplate of faith, you turned back the arrays of the ungodly, and received a crown of glory from the Lord, O blessed Mokios. Therefore, seeing you rejoice with the Angels, preserve from all perils them that praise you, as you intercede unceasingly for us all.