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Martyr Ariadne of Phrygia

September 18

The Holy Martyr Ariadne was a servant of a pagan ruler. When the ruler’s son was born, he held a festival and demanded all to perform a sacrifice to the idols. The brave Ariadne adamantly refused to do so and therefore was subject to cruel tortures. She was then imprisoned, but after some time she was freed and so she fled her masters palace. He sent out soldiers to pursue her, and once they had found her, Saint Ariadne prayed and the cliff in front of her split open and so she was able to run into the split earth which then enclosed on her. The soldiers then were struck into a state of confusion and began attacking one another. Preserved in the rocks, the martyr gave up her soul to the Lord.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος δ’. Ὁ ὑψωθεῖς ἐν τῷ Σταυρῷ.
Τὴ τοῦ Χριστοῦ κυβερνωμένη παλάμη, οὐκ ἐδουλώθης τὴν ψυχὴν Ἀριάδνη, ἀλλὰ ἐλευθέρα γνώμη ἠνδραγάθησας, πᾶσαν γὰρ ἐπίνοιαν, τοῦ ἐχθροῦ καθελοῦσα, στέφος χαριτόπλοκον, ἐκ Θεοῦ ἐκομίσω, ὃν ἐκδυσώπει Μάρτυς ἐκτενῶς, ἐλεηθήναι, τοὺς σὲ μακαρίζοντας.

Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος γ’. Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον.
Τῆς ζωῆς ποθήσασα, τὴν ζωοπάροχον πέτραν, ἀκλινὴς διέμεινας, τῇ τοῦ δολίου μανίᾳ· πέτρα δέ, διαρραγεῖσά σε δεξαμένη, ἥρμοσε, τῷ ἀθανάτῳ Μάρτυς Νυμφίῳ· ὃν δυσώπει Ἀριάδνη, ἡμῖν δοθῆναι πταισμάτων ἄφεσιν.

Μεγαλυνάριον
Ἀδούλωτον σώζουσα τὴν ψυχήν, ἐδούλωσας Μάρτυς, δι’ ἀγώνων τὸν δυσμενῆ, καὶ τῆς ἐλευθέρας, Σιὼν πολῖτις ὤφθης, ἐν ᾗ ὦ Ἀριάδνη, ἡμῶν μνημόνευε.