Commemorated on April 9
The Holy Martyr Eupsychius was born in the city of Caesarea in
Cappadocia and received a Christian upbringing by his illustrious
During the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363), Saint Eupsychius entered into a Christian marriage.
Caesarea there was a pagan temple to the goddess Fortuna, whom Julian
the Apostate revered. As Eupsychius was going to his wedding, the pagans
were offering sacrifice to the goddess Fortuna.
was filled with zeal for the Lord, and he destroyed the temple. He knew
that this would inevitably result in his punishment. Saint Eupsychius
distributed all his possessions to the poor and prepared himself for
The enraged emperor Julian loosed his wrath not only
upon Saint Eupsychius, but against all the inhabitants of this city.
Some of the citizens were executed, while the more respectable were sent
into exile. Christian clergy were drafted into military service, and he
looted the churches of anything valuable. The city was deprived of its
title Caesarea [i.e. “Imperial”] and resumed its original name of Maza.
He also imposed a severe tax on the inhabitants. The emperor threatened
to annihilate the city altogether, if the people did not build a new
pagan temple in place of the one destroyed.
Julian tried to
compel Saint Eupsychius to offer sacrifice to idols. For many days they
tormented the saint on a rack, and also with iron claws. But his faith
was firm, and the judge sentenced the martyr to be beheaded with a
Then Julian embarked on a campaign against the Persians,
marching through Cappadocia and approaching Caesarea. Danger threatened
the city, since the emperor intended to raze it to its foundations. But
then Saint Basil the Great (January 1), showing Julian the proper
respect as sovereign authority, came out to meet him carrying with him
three loaves of barley bread, which he ate. The emperor ordered his
retainers to take the loaves, and to give Saint Basil a pinch of hay
saying, “You have given us barley, cattle fodder. Now receive hay from
us in return.”
The saint answered, “O Emperor, we bring you that
which we ourselves eat, and you give us cattle feed. You mock us, since
you, by your might, are not able to transform hay into bread, the
essential food of mankind.”
Julian angrily retorted, “I’ll shove
this hay down your throat when I return here from Persia. I shall raze
this city to its very foundations, and plow over this ground and turn it
into a field. I know that it was on your advice that the people dared
to destroy the statues and temple of Fortuna.”
After this the
emperor continued on his way, but soon perished in his campaign against
the Persians. He was struck down in the year 363 by the holy Great
Martyr Mercurius (November 24).
After the emperor’s demise, the
Christians of the city of Caesarea built a splendid church over the
grave of Saint Eupsychius, and from his holy relics they received help
TROPARION - TONE 3
With steadfast heart you finished your course and cast down the wily
foe, / for you were armed with the power of the Cross, blest Eupsychius.
/ You were numbered with the host of martyrs and have attained eternal
glory. / Always entreat Christ our God to save us who honor you.
KONTAKION- TONE 2
As a living temple of Christ the Lord / you destroyed the ungodly
temple, / and through your steadfast toils, Martyr Eupsychius, / you
built a dwelling in Paradise.
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