Commemorated on August 5th
The Holy Martyr Eusignius
Martyr Eusignius was from Antioch, and had been a soldier from the time of the reign of Constantius Chlorus (the father of St Constantine the Great) to that of Julian the Apostate. He censured Julian's ungodliness and reminded him that he was the nephew of St Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. He reminded him further, that from his tender youth he had been nourished on the milk of piety and instructed in the Faith of Christ, had been a fellow student of St Basil the Great and St Gregory the Theologian. He also reminded Juilan that he had been a reader of the Church of Nicomedia, that he had set all these things at naught and become a transgressor of the promises made in his divine Baptism, and had offered to the idols the adoration that is due to God alone. Reminding the Apostate of all these things and reproving him, he was beheaded in the year 361 AD, having lived altogether 110 years, and been a soldier for more than 60.
Dismissal Hymn of the Martyr
Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contested for You and received as the prize the crowns of non-corruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants, and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.
Kontakion of the Martyr
As first fruits of our nature
As to a man of godly mind and Martyr for true piety, today the Church gives honour and glory to supremely wise Eusignius; and his all hallowed contests does she praise, as she ever cries out, "By his prayers, preserve Your lowly servants, O You Who are greatly merciful".