Wednesday, June 2, 2010

St. Constantine the New Martyr from the Hagarenes (+1819)

St. Constantine the New Martyr from the Hagarenes (+1819) - Commemorated on June 2nd (
The Holy Martyr Constantine was born upon the island of Mytilene into a [muslim] family. At the age of 15 he fell ill with smallpox, from which he completely lost his eyesight and awaited death. A certain Christian took him to church and washed him with holy water. They brought him out of the temple completely healthy.

His father died early. His mother married again, but his new father was bad and was a drunk. Because of this he moved to Smyrna with his three siblings. He would go continually to the Metropolis of Smyrna, where he heard and learned the Greek language and the Christian faith.

He decided to flee to the Holy Mountain, but no one accepted him. Then St. Gregory V, Patriarch of Constantinople (who was in exile on Athos), having tested him, baptized him as a Christian in Kavsokalyvia, with the name Konstantinos. In the Skete of the Precious Forerunner, he venerated the precious relics of the new martyrs and he was seized with the desire to imitate their deeds. Having passed time in fasting and prayer close to a spiritual father, he decided to go to Magnesia, to have his sister baptized as a Christian. After the advice of the Fathers, however, he sailed from the Holy Mountain and landed in Kydonies. There he was recognized by some Turk who led him to the Aga. He confessed Christ and then confessed his origin. He was imprisoned and terribly tortured. When they questioned him again, Konstantinos made the sign of the Cross before them, thus demonstrating his immovable faith. Then they again imprisoned him and tortured him in a terrible manner. But the leader, seeing that his efforts were in vain, sent him to Constantinople. There having suffered difficult tortures (which had begun on April 23rd), in the end he was hanged on June 2nd 1819.

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For another life of the Saint, see:
St. Constantine the New Martyr from the Hagarenes (
Μνήμη τοῦ Νεομάρτυρος Ἁγίου Κωνσταντίνου Ὑψηλομετώπου τοῦ ἐξ Ἀγαρηνῶν.
Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος γ’. Θείας πίστεως.
Πᾶσαν ηὔφρανας, πιστῶν χορείαν, καί κατήσχυνας, τούς Ἄγαρ γόνους, ἀνακηρύξας λαμπρῶς τήν εὐσέβειαν, καί ὑπομείνας ἀνύποιστα βάσανα, ὦ Κωνσταντῖνε Μαρτύρων ἀγλάϊσμα. Ὡς οὖν ἔτυχες, οὗπερ ἐπόθεις ἀοίδιμε, μνημόνευε ἡμῶν τῶν εὐφημούντων Σε.

Ἔτερον. Ἦχος δ΄. Ταχύ προκατάλαβε.
Φωσφόρος ἀνέτειλε, τῆ Ἐκκλησία Χριστοῦ, ἡ μνήμη τῶν ἄθλων σου, φωτός πληροῦσα αὐτήν, Μαρτύρων ἐκσφράγισμα, ἔνδοξε Κωνσταντῖνε, λύουσα τήν ἀπάτην, γόνων τῶν ἐκ τῆς Ἄγαρ, λάμπουσα δέ πλουσίως, τάς ψυχάς τῶν ἐν πίστει, τήν μνήμην σου τελούντων ἀειμακάριστε.
Apolytikion of St. Constantine the New Martyr of the Hagarenes in the Third Tone (amateur translation)
You gladdened the whole choir of the faithful, and despised the root of Hagar, and radiantly proclaimed piety, and suffered unspeakable tortures, O Constantine, the pride of Martyrs. Having been granted what you desired, O ever-memorable one, remember those who honor You.

Additional Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone (amateur translation)The memory of your struggles has has dawned on the Church of Christ as a bright light, and filled it with light, O seal of Martyrs, glorious Constantine, for being delivered from error, of the root of Hagar, you shone richly on the souls of those who in faith, celebrate your memory, O ever-blessed one.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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