Commemorated on May 19th
St Patrick the Hieromartyr and Bishop of Proussa and his Companions
St Patrick was Bishop of Prusa, a city in Bithynia (the presentday Brusa or Bursa). Because of his Christian Faith, he was brought before Julius (or Julian) the Consul, who in his attempts to persuade Patrick to worship as he himself did, declared that thanks was owed to the gods for providing the hot springs welling up from the earth for the benefit of men. Saint Patrick answered that thanks for this was owed to our Lord Jesus Christ, and explained that when He, Who is God, created the earth, He made it with both fire and water, and the fire under the earth heats the water, which wells up, producing hot springs; he then explained that there is another fire, which awaits the ungodly. Because of this, he was cast into the hot springs, but it was the soldiers who cast him in, and not he, who were harmed by the hot water. After this, St Patrick was beheaded with the presbyters Acacios, Menander, and Polyaenos. Most likely, this was during the reign of Diocletian (284-305 AD).
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption 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 (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
Since the Church has you body as a sacred gem of Jesus Christ, she now rejoices, O blest Patrick, and with joy she cries to you, "Through your prayers, O wise Father, all the world is preserved in peace and tranquillity, and it is kept unharmed and unconquered by any heresy".