Commemorated on November 16
Hieromartyr Hypatius, Bishop of Gangra, was bishop of the city of
Gangra in Paphlagonia (Asia Minor). In the year 325 he participated in
the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea, at which the heresy of Arius was
When St Hypatius was returning in 326 from
Constantinople to Gangra, followers of the schismatics Novatus and
Felicissimus fell upon him in a desolate place. The heretics ran him
through with swords and spears, and threw him into a swamp. Like the
Protomartyr Stephen, St Hypatius prayed for his murderers.
Arian woman struck the saint on the head with a stone, killing him. The
murderers hid his body in a cave, where a Christian who kept straw there
found his body. Recognizing the bishop’s body, he hastened to the city
to report this, and the inhabitants of Gangra piously buried their
After his death, the relics of St Hypatius
were famous for numerous miracles, particularly for casting out demons
and for healing the sick.
From of old the hieromartyr Hypatius
was particularly venerated in the Russian land. Thus in the year 1330
the Ipatiev monastery was built at Kostroma, on the place where the
Mother of God appeared with the Pre-eternal Christ Child, the Apostle
Philip, and the hieromartyr Hypatius, Bishop of Gangra. This monastery
later occupied a significant place in the spiritual and social life of
the nation, particularly during the Time of Troubles.
copies of the Life of the hieromartyr Hypatius were widely distributed
in Russian literature, and one of these was incorporated into THE
READING MENAION of Metropolitan Macarius (1542-1564). In this Life there
is an account of the appearance of the Savior to St Hypatius on the eve
of the martyr’s death.
The entry for the saint’s Feast consists
of his Life, some prayers, and words of praise and instruction. The
pious veneration of St Hypatius was also expressed in Russian liturgical
compositions. During the nineteenth century a new service was written
for the hieromartyr Hypatius, distinct from the services written by St
Joseph the Studite, contained in the March MENAION.
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