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Hyacinth the Martyr of Caesarea & Theodotos and Theodota the Martyrs

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July 3

Reading:

The Martyr Hyacinth, who was from Caesarea of Cappadocia, was the chamberlain of the Emperor Trajan. On being constrained by the Emperor to partake of the sacrifices offered to idols and not wishing to do so, he was shut up in prison without food, where he gave up his spirit to God in the year 108.

Apolytikion of Martyr Hyacinth & Companions in the Fourth Tone

Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Kontakion of Martyr Hyacinth & Companions in the Fourth Tone

Like a fragrant hyacinth, thou ever sheddest the sweet savour and delight of everlasting truth for us, who with our whole soul cry unto thee: Rejoice, thou glory of Martyrs, brave Hyacinth.