Saturday, October 13, 2007

Martyrs Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus and Agathonike at Pergamus

Martyr Carpus (left)

Martyr Papylus (above left)

Martyr Agathadorus(no image available)

Martyr Agathonike(above right)

Commemorated on October 13

The Martyrs Agathonike, Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus and suffered at Pergamun during the persecution of Decius in the third century.
The governor of the district where the saints lived discovered that Carpus and Papylus did not celebrate the pagan festivals. He ordered that the transgressors be arrested and persuaded to accept the Roman pagan religion. The saints replied that they would never worship false gods. The judge then ordered them to be bound in iron chains and led through the city, and then to be tied to horses and dragged to the nearby city of Sardis.
Agathodorus and Agathonike voluntarily followed after Carpus and Papylus. St Agathonike was choked to death with ox sinews and Sts Carpus, Papylus and Agathodorus were beheaded in Sardis.
During his life St Papylus was known for his gift of curing the sick. Since his martyrdom, he has granted healing to all who pray to him with faith.
Troparion - Tone 3
Throughout the course of your holy lives,You were seen to be fellow heirs of Christ;And by your contest you triumphed over the enemy,O wise Carpus, renowned Agathadorus, Agathonica and glorious Papylus.Now intercede with Christ God for the forgiveness of our sins!
Kontakion - Tone 4
God has given your relics as a precious treasureFor those who live on earth:A stream from which healing flows,Dispelling all sickness and pouring forth Divine Grace!Therefore, O Holy Martyrs:Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus and Agathonica,Today we celebrate your memory with great fervor.

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