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Commemorated on July 16th

St Athenogenes the Holy Martyr of Heracleopolis

Christ 2nd April

St Athenogenes was from Sebastia of Cappadocia and, according to the Synaxaristes, became Bishop of Pidachthoa. He and ten of his disciples were tortured and beheaded by the Governor of Philomarchus in the times of Diocletian. There is a second Martyr Athenogenes commemorated today, mentioned by St Basil in his treatise "On the Holy Spirit"; it is said that as this Athenogenes approached the fire, wherein he was to die a martyric death, he chanted the hymn O Joyous Light in praise of the Holy Trinity.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, you found discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Therefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, you also contest for the Faith even to blood, O Hieromartyr Athenogenes. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

Having followed the Lord's teaching, as an eminent shepherd laid down your life for Christ's sheep, O Hieromartyr Athenogenes. Therefore, we praise you and your ten disciples who suffered with you, guided by the fear of God and your teaching; for the Lord has crowned you as Saints with His life-giving right hand. Pray, then, to Him in behalf of us all.