Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria

December 10


Saint Menas, according to the Synaxaristes, had Athens as his homeland. He was a military officer, an educated man and skilled in speech, wherefore he was surnamed Kallikelados ("most eloquent"); Eugraphus was his scribe. Both had Christian parents. The Emperor Maximinus (he was the successor of Alexander Severus, and reigned from 235 to 238) sent Saint Menas to Alexandria to employ his eloquence to end a certain strife among the citizens. Saint Menas, having accomplished this, also employed his eloquence to strengthen the Christians in their faith, which when Maximinus heard, he sent Hermogenes, who was an eparch born to unbelievers to turn Menas away from Christ. But Hermogenes rather came to the Faith of Christ because of the miracles wrought by Saint Menas. Saints Menas, Eugraphus, and Hermogenes received the crown of martyrdom in the year 235.

Apolytikion of Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus

Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Since they had slain through their abstinence and struggles the fiery ragings and fierce motions of the passions, the staunch Martyrs of Christ God laid hold on the graces to drive off the pains and illnesses of the sick and work wonders both while living and after death. Strange indeed is the miracle! That these bare bones should pour forth such overflowing streams of cures. Glory be to our only God.

Kontakion of Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus

First Tone

With sacred songs and hymns, let us all render honour to marvellous Menas, with the valiant Eugraphus and godly Hermogenes, for they honoured the Lord of all, and for Him, they suffered. Wherefore, being united to the awesome choir of Heaven's bodiless Angels, they pour forth great miracles.

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