Commemorated on October 25
The Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius, Notaries of Constantinople served
in a Constantinople cathedral. Marcian was a reader and Martyrius a
subdeacon. They both performed in the capacity of notaries, i.e.
secretaries, for Patriarch Paul the Confessor (November 6).
heretics expelled and secretly executed the righteous Patriarch Paul.
His throne was given to the heretic Macedonius. The heretics attempted
to entice Sts Marcian and Martyrius over to their side by flattery. They
offered them gold and promised to consecrate them as archbishops, but
all the efforts of the Arians were in vain.
Then the impious
threatened to slander them before the emperor, and sought to intimidate
them with torture and death. But the saints steadfastly confessed
Orthodoxy, as handed down by the Fathers of the Church. Marcian and
Martyrius were sentenced to death. Before death, the martyrs prayed,
“Lord God, Who have invisibly created our hearts, and directed all our
deeds, accept with peace the souls of Your servants, since we perish for
You and are considered as sheep for the slaughter (Ps 32/33:15;
43/44:22). We rejoice that by such a death we shall depart this life for
Your Name. Grant us to be partakers of life eternal with You, the
Source of life.” After their prayer the martyrs, with quiet rejoicing,
bent their necks beneath the sword of the impious (+ ca. 335).
holy bodies were reverently buried by Orthodox Christians. Later, by
decree of St John Chrysostom, the relics of the holy martyrs were
transferred to a church built in their honor. Believers here were healed
of many infirmities through the prayers of the saints, to the glory of
the One Life-Creating Trinity.
TROPARION - TONE 3
In holy zeal you dispelled the error of Arius / and proclaimed the
Trinity, one in essence. / Holy martyrs Marcian and Martyrius, /
unshaken bulwarks of Orthodoxy, / entreat Christ our God to grant us His
KONTAKION - TONE 4
Podoben: “As You were voluntarily raised...” / From your youth you were
good athletes, wise Marcian and Martyrius, / vanquishing the Arian
heretics; / you kept the faith perfect by following in the footsteps of
your bishop and teacher Paul, / therefore, you are worthy to be with him
in eternal life, / as respected defenders of the Holy Trinity.
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