Commemorated on July 3
Saint Hyacinth, a native of Caesarea in Cappadocia, was raised in a
Christian family. The emperor Trajan made the boy his “cubicularius”
(chamberlain), unaware that he was a secret Christian.
while the emperor and his entourage were offering sacrifice to idols,
the young Hyacinth remained at the palace, shut himself up in a small
room, and prayed fervently to the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the servants
overheard him praying and denounced him to the emperor. He said that
although Hyacinth was entrusted with an imperial position, he did not
honor the Roman gods, and was secretly praying to Christ.
was brought to trial before Trajan, who tried to persuade him to deny
Christ and sacrifice to the deaf and dumb idols, but the holy martyr
remained steadfast and declared that he was a Christian. He was whipped
and thrown into prison, where the only food given to him was what had
already been offered to the idols. They hoped that he would be overcome
with hunger and thirst and eat it. St Hyacinth did not eat the food, and
he died after thirty-eight days. When they came to torture him again,
they found his dead body.
The jailer saw two angels in the cell.
One covered the saint’s body with his own garment, and the other placed a
crown of glory on his head.
The twelve-year-old Hyacinth suffered
for Christ in the year 108 in the city of Rome. Later, the saint’s
relics were transferred to Caesarea.
TROPARION - TONE 4
Your holy martyr Hyacinth, O Lord, / through his suffering has received
an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, he
laid low his adversaries, / and shattered the powerless boldness of
demons. / Through his intercessions, save our souls!
TROPARION - TONE 4
Like a fragrant hyacinth of the Church of Christ, O all-blessed
Hyacinth, / You radiate grace to the ends of the world. / By the
brilliance of your confession of faith, / You were illustrious in
contest in emulation of God the Word / And you ever illumine those who
KONTAKION - TONE 2
Come, you faithful, / plait a crown of unfading hyacinths today for the
Martyr Hyacinth, / and let us cry to Him: / “Rejoice, glory of martyrs.”
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