Commemorated on July 12th
Sts Proklos and Hilarios the Martyrs of Ancyra
The Holy Martyrs Proklos and Hilarios were natives of the village of Kallippi, near Ancyra, and they suffered during the time of a persecution under the emperor Trajan (98-117 AD). St Proklos was put under arrest firSt Brought before the governor Maximus, he fearlessly confessed his faith in ChriSt The governor decided to compel the saint to submit himself to the emperor and offer sacrifice to the pagan gods. During his tortures, the martyr predicted to Maximus that soon he himself would be compelled to confess Christ as the true God.
They forced the martyr to run after the chariot of the governor, heading towards the village Kallippi. Exhausted, St Proklos prayed that the Lord would halt the chariot. The chariot halted by the power of God, and no force could move it from the spot. The dignitary sitting in it became petrified. The martyr told him that he would remain unmoving until he would sign a document with a confession of ChriSt Only after this could the chariot continue on its way with the governor.
The humiliated pagan took fierce revenge on St Proklos. He commanded that Proklos be led out beyond the city, tied to a pillar and shot with arrows. The soldiers, leading St Proklos to execution, told him to give in and save his life, but the saint said that they should follow their orders.
Along the way to the place of execution, they met Hilarios, the nephew of St Proklos, who with tears embraced his uncle and confessed himself a Christian. The soldiers seized him, and he was thrown into prison. The holy Martyr Proklos prayed for his tormentors and surrendered his soul to God beneath a hail of arrows.
St Hilarios was brought to trial and, with the same courage as St Proklos, confessed himself a Christian. After tortures he was sentenced to death. They tied the martyr's hands and dragged him by his feet through the city, wounded and bloody, and then they beheaded him three days after the death of his uncle, the holy Martyr Proklos. Christians buried them together in a single grave.
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 (Second Tone)
As kinsmen, you proved to be of like spirit in your life and of one accord in all things, O renowned Martyr Proklos and godly-minded Hilarios; for having yourselves become images of the Passion of Christ, ye were counted worthy of glory, and ye grant divine forgiveness unto all.