Friday, May 25, 2012
St. Sophia the Martyr and Physician
St. Sophia the Martyr and Physician - Commemorated May 22 (http://www.saint.gr/photos/standard/0522/AgiaSofiaIatros01.jpg)
St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain includes the following only in his Great Synaxaristes on St. Sophia:
The Holy Martyr Sophia, the Physician, dies by the sword.
Sophia, being first a physician of bodies,
Being beheaded, shows herself also a healer of spirits.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!