Wednesday, June 6, 2012

St. Kalliope the Virgin Martyr

St. Kalliope the Virgin Martyr - Commemorated June 8 (http://synaxarion.gr/gr/sid/3662/sxsaintinfo.aspx)
  
It is unknown where the Holy Martyr Kalliope was from, who suffered during the years of the Emperor Decius (249-251 AD). She was known for her bodily and spiritual beauty, and also for her clear and deep piety. During the persecution of Christians of that era, she was arrested and led before the eparch for judgment. He immediately observed Kalliope's beauty, and was occupied by evil thoughts and desires, and sought with promises and flattery to convince her to fulfill his guilty desires. But Kalliope remained indifferent to his promises and unshakable in her faith. This enraged the eparch, who saw that his hopes were proving false, ordered that she be immediately be tortured terribly until death. Thus, having been whipped mercilessly, and having had her breasts cut off, they burned her with lit torches, and poured vinegar and salt on her wounds. In the end, they beheaded her, and thus St. Kalliope received the incorrupt crown of glory, and entered into the joy of her Bridegroom Christ.
(amateur translation of text from: http://synaxarion.gr/gr/sid/3662/sxsaintinfo.aspx)
  
  
Apolytikion in the First Tone (amateur translations below)
Having loved the beauty of the Savior from your soul, O comely-virgin lady, O all-praised Kalliope, you struggled steadfastly on His behalf, and were made worthy of divine glory. Because of this, we honor your holy memory and cry out to you: glory to Him Who gave you strength, glory to Him Who crowned you, glory to Him Who grants to us, through you, remission of offenses.
   
Kontakion in the Second Tone
Shining with the grace of virginity, you offered yourself to Christ in martyrdom, Whose joy you received that surpasses every mind, O all-famed Kalliope; intercede on behalf of those who honor you.

  
Oikos
Being truly beautiful in form, O virgin, you were shown to be beautiful and spotless in soul by Christ the King of the heavens, not having spot or wrinkle, but being aflame with divine love, with the fragrance of purity as from the wondrous incense, and having angelic purity in your heart. Therefore being betrothed to your immortal Bridegroom, you struggled astonishingly for Him, and were steadfast amidst many pains, and trampled upon the ancient enemy. And you ever partake of the joy of your Bridegroom, O all-famed Kalliope; intercede on behalf of those who honor you.
Synaxarion
On the eighth of this month (June), the memory of the Holy Virgin Martyr Kalliope.
  
Megalynarion
Shining with spiritual beauty of soul, you were shown fair and beautiful to the Savior through your martyrical struggles, O godly-minded Kalliope, intercede that those who praise you may be saved.
     
For the full service to St. Kalliope (in Greek), see: http://analogion.gr/glt/texts/Jun/08b.uni.htm.
  
  
Through the prayers of the Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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