Great-martyr Euphemia the All-praised, of Chalcedon
Today we celebrate the Holy Great Martyr Euphemia. Saint Euphemia was captured by pagans when she was in hiding to avoid sacrificing to the idols. She was subject to many cruel tortures which eventually killed her, crowning her with the glory of martyrdom. Countless miracles have been performed by her, most famously in the Fourth Ecumenical Council when the two doctrines of the Orthodox and heretics were placed in her tomb and opened three days later, only to find the Orthodox scroll in her right hand and the heretics’ at her feet, thus triumphantly keeping the Orthodox faith pure.
Ἦχος γ’. Τὴν ὡραιότητα.
Τῷ θείῳ ἔρωτι, Λαμπρῶς ἀθλήσασα, εἰς oσμὴν ἔδραμες, Χριστοῦ πανεύφημε, οἴα νεᾶνις παγκαλῆς, καὶ Μάρτυς πεποικιλμένη, ὅθεν εἰσελήλυθας, ἐiς παστάδα οὐράνιον, κόσμω διανέμουσα, ἰαμάτων χαρίσματα, καὶ σῴζουσα τοὺς σοὶ ἐκβοώντας, χαίροις θεόφρον Εὐφημία.
Ἦχος δ’. Ὁ ὑψωθεῖς ἐν τῷ Σταυρῷ.
Ἐν τῇ ἀθλήσει σου καλῶς ἠγωνίσω, καὶ μετὰ θάνατον ἡμᾶς ἁγιάζεις, ταῖς τῶν θαυμάτων βλύσεσι Πανεύφημε, ὅθεν σου τὴν κοίμησιν, τὴν ἁγίαν τιμῶμεν, πίστει παριστάμενοι, τῷ σεπτῷ σου λειψάνῳ, ἵνα ῥυσθῶμεν νόσων ψυχικῶν, καὶ τῶν θαυμάτων τὴν χάριν ἀντλήσωμεν.
Troparion — Tone 3
You brought joy to the Orthodox / and shame to the defenders of heresy, / for you confirmed what the Fathers of the Fourth Council had correctly taught. / Glorious martyr Euphemia, fair virgin of Christ, / entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion — Tone 4
“As You were voluntarily raised”
You completed your struggle well, all-praised Euphemia; / even after death, you pour out healing on us for our sanctification. / We stand beside your venerable relics / to honor your holy falling asleep, / that in faith we may be delivered from the weaknesses of our nature / and to obtain the grace of your miracles.