Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Selected hymns to St. Akylina the New Martyr

The Holy Relics of St. Akylina the New Martyr, and an icon depicting Sts. Kyranna and Akylina the New Martyrs (whose Holy Relics were both recently and miraculously discovered near the Church of the Taxiarchs, Ossa) (source)
Selected hymns to St. Akylina the New Martyr (amateur translations below)

Apolytikion in the Plagal of the First Tone
Let us praise the divine Akylina, whom I behold as a godly-minded girl and Champion of Christ, who watered the faith with her love for Him, and deposed the enemy through her holy struggles, and was granted divine glory. And she entreats Christ the Word that He be merciful to our souls.

Additional Apolytikion in the Plagal of the First Tone
Zagliveri rejoices in your struggle, the village that sprouted you as a fragrant flower, O most-comely virgin of Christ Akylina, for you struggled steadfastly, and received from God the crown of incorruption. Entreat ceaselessly that He be merciful to our souls.
Doxastikon of the Stichera in the Plagal of the Second Tone
Today, as noetic spring, the memory of the Neomartyr Akylina has dawned among the hardness [of hearts], making glad the faithful, for as a flower of the field, she bloomed amidst a perverse generation, as her athletic grace compels us to cry out: hail, you who deposed the ancient enemy in a fragile body, through the power of the faith. Hail, O glorious Virgin-martyr, the newly-shining lamp of the Church of Christ. Hail, the sacred blessing of your place of origin, and their protector and defender and divine refuge. Intercede with your Bridegroom, that we who celebrate your memory be saved from every need.
Kontakion in the Third Tone
Though fragile in body, you deposed the enemy who greatly wars against us, through your radiant struggle, O Virgin, and you hastened, bearing a lamp, to your Bridegroom, Who crowned you with the crown of radiant incorruption. And you entreat, O Akylina, on behalf of those who praise you in faith.
The all-sacred memory of the Champion has dawned as a moon-bearing star, calling together the faithful to praise the feast. Let us all gather on behalf of this, and bring to mind these paradoxical things that we behold of the Martyr Akylina, who for the faith, and furthermore with bravery, and unconquerable endurance, through the power of Christ, and in a fragile and feeble body of infirmity, was shown as utterly radiant. Through her surpassing boldness, she trampled upon the enemies as upon the play-things of children. These unspeakable things and wondrous feats the Martyr worked through the faith of Christ, as she overcame the false pretenses of the tyrannical kingdom. And she endured painful beatings, and lawfully struggled, offering herself to Christ the Savior as a pure offering, Whom you entreat, O Akylina, on behalf of those who praise you in faith.
On the 27th of this month (September), the Holy Martyr Akylina, who was beaten with rods, and was thus perfected in martyrdom.
Being in essence female by nature, Akylina
Was shown a man in bravery towards tortures.
Akylina struggled on the twenty-seventh.
For the full service to St. Akylina the New Martyr in Greek, see:
St. Akylina the New Martyr (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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