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Saints

Commemorated on June 23rd

St Agrippina the Martyr of Rome

Christ 2nd April

The Holy Martyr Agrippina, was by birth a Roman. She did not wish to enter into marriage, and totally dedicated her life to God. During the time of persecution against Christians under the emperor Valerian (253-259 AD) the saint went before the court and bravely confessed her faith in Christ, for which she was given over to torture. They beat the holy virgin with sticks so severely that her bones broke. Afterwards they put St Agrippina in chains, but an angel freed her from her bonds.

The holy confessor died from the tortures she endured. The Christians Bassa, Paula and Agathonike secretly took the body of the holy martyr and transported it to Sicily, where many miracles were worked at her grave. In the eleventh century, the relics of the holy Martyr Agrippina were transferred to Constantinople.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

O Lord Jesus, Your lamb cries out to You with a great voice, "O my Bridegroom, You I love; and seeking You, I now contest, and with Your baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Your sake, that I may reign with You; for Your sake I die, that I may live in You; accept me offered out of longing to You as a spotless sacrifice". Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since You are great in mercy.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

The radiant day of your illustrious struggles has dawned, on which the divine Church assembles to honour you, and to cry out to you with gladness, "Rejoice, O virgin and martyr, O most-honoured Agrippina!"