Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Selected hymns to St. Argyre the New Martyr

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
St. Argyre the New Martyr of Prousa - Commemorated on April 5th (her repose) and April 30th (the uncovering of her relics) (source)
Selected hymns to St. Argyre the New Martyr (amateur translations below from source text)
Doxastikon of the Aposticha in the Second Tone
O all-glorious Argyre, you were just joined in marriage, as the pride of Prousa and the boast of Byzantium, when the prideful serpent, through the terrible tyrant tried to convince you to soil the virginity of your marriage. But you conquered him, ascending to the heavens with glory, where you now entreat the Risen God, to preserve the multitudes of the Orthodox in peace, and for us who in faith honor your grace-flowing body, grant forgiveness and great mercy.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
You put to shame tyrants through enduring tortures, O pure one, you were shown forth, O much-suffering one, as strong as a diamond, o glorious martyr of Christ, you showed forth in struggles for Christ the Savior, love and zeal and unquenchable longing, Who worthily glorified you, O Argyre.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
As an all-bright moon, you have shown upon the world, illumining with your pains like precious stones, O Argyre, and healing illnesses for those who cry out: Rejoice, the pride and boast of the Martyrs.
Icon of St. Argyre the New Martyr, with scenes from her life. She appeared to the iconographer (Fr. Theologos Sakale), telling him to depict her holding the Orthodox marriage crowns, as she struggled her whole life to preserve her crown undefiled, and as she is a "protector of Marriage, and pious youth" (source)
Let us in faith gather for this most sacred and divine festival, which shines greater than silver and gold, of the all-honored Champion, Argyre the New Martyr, all the faithful who love the Martyrs, celebrating your all-radiant and glorious feast, harmoniously praising your super-human struggles, your deeds and pains, which you endured to preserve your marriage in virginity spotlessly, and the true faith of the Heavenly King, Christ God, entreating that we be granted, through your sacred and fervent intercessions to Him, [to partake] of that heavenly blessedness, in which the choirs joyously cry out: Rejoice, the pride and boast of the Martyrs.
On this day (April 5th or 30th), the memory of the holy, glorious New Martyr Argyre.
Argyre, through tortures in prison
Shines upon us greater than silver*.
*Note: "Argyre" in Greek means silver.
Doxastikon in the Plagal of the First Tone
Come, all you who love the Martyrs, let us gather to praise the virgin martyr Argyre, for today she receives from Him the Crown of Struggles, having struggled lawfully. She rent asunder the prideful serpent, with the power of the Cross. She bore the Orthodox faith in her steadfast mind, and shines greater than the sun. Therefore, rejoice together, O ranks of Angels and bands of Martyrs, together with those upon the earth, and celebrate and glorify her, whose greatly-struggled body was granted to the earth as a healing place of passions of the soul, and dangerous trials.
As a radiant star, the much-suffering Martyr of Christ has dawned from Bithynia, enlightening all the multitudes of the faithful; let us magnify the glorious Argyre.
St. Argyre the New Martyr (source)
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted life!
Truly, the Lord is risen!

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