Commemorated on December 23rd
Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete
The Holy Ten Martyrs, who were all from Crete, contested for piety's sake during the reign of Decius, in the year 250 AD. Theodulus, Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, and Eunician were from Gortynia, the capital; Zoticus was from Knossos; Agathopus, from the port city of Panormus; Basilides, from Cydonia; Evarestus and Pompey, from Herakleion. Haled before the Governor as Christians, they were subjected to torments for thirty days, being scourged, racked, dragged upon the ground through dung heaps, stoned, and spit upon. They were questioned again, but their constancy roused the Governor to greater fury. After subjecting them to torments more bitter still, he had them beheaded.
Dismissal Hymn (Third Tone)
Awed by the beauty
Let us now honour Crete, that land most marvellous, which sprouted forth the ten flowers revered by all, those goodly pearls of Christ our God, those verdant boughs of the Martyrs; for although they were but ten, the most blessed men put to shame the ten thousand armoured host of the wicked demonic ranks. Hence, they have received crowns of glory as stout-hearted Martyrs of Christ Saviour.
Kontakion of the Martyrs (Fourth Tone)
On this day You have appeared
Shining like the morning star, the Martyrs' contest, worthy of all reverence, has shown beforehand to us Him that was born in a lowly cave, and Whom the Virgin conceived without seed of man.