Commemorated on October 5th
St Charitina the Martyr
St Charitina of Rome was orphaned in childhood and raised like a daughter by the pious Christian Claudios. Charitina was a pretty and young woman who was very sensible, kind and fervent in faith. She imparted to other people her love for Christ, and she converted many to the way of salvation. She contested for Christ during the reign of Diocletian, during 290 AD. She was betrayed as a Christian to Dometian, the Count, before whom she fearlessly confessed Christ. After suffering the most terrible tortures, including the uprooting of her teeth and nails, she gave up her soul into the hands of the Lord during 304 AD.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
O Lord Jesus, to You Your lamb cries with a great voice, "O my Bridegroom, I love You; 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)
Reddened with martyric blood, you were arrayed in Heaven's beauty splendidly, when you overcame the foe, O Charitina, and you cried out, "You are the joy of the Martyrs, O Christ our God".