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Commemorated on February 13th

Father Martinianos of Palestine. Saint Symeon the Myrrh-streamer

Christ Icon 13th Feb

St Martinianos, who was from Caesarea of Palestine, flourished about the beginning of the fifth century. He struggled in the wilderness from his youth. After he had passed 25 years in asceticism, the devil brought a temptation upon him through a harlot, who when she heard the Saint praised for his virtue, determined to try his virtue, or rather, to undo it.

Coming to his cell by night as it rained, and saying she had lost her way, she begged with pitiful cries to be admitted in for the night, lest she fall prey to wild beasts. Moved with compassion and not wishing to be guilty of her death should anything befall her, he allowed her to enter. When she began to seduce him, and the fire of desire began to burn in his heart, he kindled a fire and stepped into it, burning his body, but saving his soul from the fire of Gehenna.

Brought to her senses by this, she repented, and, following his counsel, went to Bethlehem to a certain virgin named Paula, with whom she lived in fasting and prayer; before her death, she was deemed worthy of the gift of wonderworking. St Martinianos, when he recovered from the burning, resolved to go to some more solitary place, and took ship to a certain island, where he struggled in solitude for a number of years. Then a young maiden who had suffered shipwreck came ashore on his island. Not wishing to fall into temptation again, he departed, and passed his remaining time as a wanderer, coming to the end of his life in Athens.

St Symeon (in the world, the ruler Stephen Nemanja), after governing Serbia in piety, wisdom, and justice for many years during the second half of the twelfth century, renounced all rule and earthly glory to become a monk, to struggle in fasting and prayer. Thereafter he went to the Holy Mountain Athos where, together with his son St Sabbas (commemorated January 14), he founded the Monastery of Hilandar. When Stephen Nemanja put on the monastic habit with the name of Symeon, his wife Anna followed his example, receiving the monastic name of Anastasia; she is commemorated as a Saint on June 21. After St Symeon death, fragrant and healing myrrh came forth from his holy relics.

Dismissal Hymn of St Martinianos (Plagal of Fourth Tone)

You quenched the flame of temptation with the streams of thy tears, O blessed Martinianos; and having checked the waves of the sea and the attacks of wild beasts, you cried out, "Most glorious are You, O Almighty One, Who has saved me from fire and tempest".

Dismissal Hymn of St Symeon (Third Tone)

Illumined by divine grace, even after death you make manifest the radiance of you life; for you pour forth fragrant myrrh for them that have recourse to the shrine of your relics. You also guided your people to the light of the knowledge of God. O our Father Symeon, entreat Christ God that we be granted great mercy.

Kontakion of St Martinianos (Second Tone)

As is right, let us praise with hymns the ever venerable Martinianos as a tried ascetic that struggled for piety, as an honourable athlete by deliberate choice, and a resolute citizen and inhabitant of the desert; for he has trodden upon the serpent.

Kontakion of St Symeon (Plagal of Fourth Tone)

Loving the angelic life on this earth, you abandoned the world and worldly dominion and followed Christ by fasting, O Symeon. In an apostolic manner, you guided to Christ them that loved you and cry, "Love you the Lord even as He has loved you".