Friday, October 12, 2007

Martyr Tarachus at Tarsus, in Cilicia

Commemorated on October 12

The Martyrs Tarachus, Probus, and Andronicus suffered for Christ in the year 304 at Tarsus in Cilicia. When the pagans ordered him to offer sacrifice to idols, the old soldier Tarachus replied that he would offer a pure heart to the one true God instead of sacrifices of blood. Seeing the firmness of the saint's confession the true Faith, the proconsul gave them all over to torture.

The tormentors subjected the martyrs to various tortures, and then they tore the bodies of the saints apart. Christians secretly took up the relics of the saints and buried them.

Troparion - Tone 5

The heavenly powers were amazed at the triumph of the holy martyrs Probus, Tarachus, and Andronicus.For having fought the good fight with their mortal bodies,they conquered bodiless enemies by the power of the Cross.Now they intercede with the Lordthat He may save our souls.

Kontakion - Tone 2

The brave warriors of Christ, the martyrs Probus, Tarachus, and Andronicus,revealed to us the glory of the Trinity.They refuted the godlessness of their torturersby bravely contending for the Faith.


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