Holy 40 virgin-martyrs and their teacher the Hieromartyr Ammon the Deacon at Heraclea
The Holy Forty Virgin Martyrs with their teacher, Deacon Ammoun were captured by Baudos the governor, and were tortured because they would not offer sacrifice to idols. The holy martyrs endured many cruel torments, which were intended to force them to renounce Christ and worship idols. Later, they were sent to Heraclea in Thrace to appear before the tyrant Licinius. The valiant martyrs remained unshakeable, however. Saint Ammoun and eight of the virgins were beheaded, ten virgins were burned, six of them died after heated metal balls were put into their mouths, six were stabbed with knives, and the rest were struck in the mouth and stabbed in the heart with swords.
Ἀπολυτίκιον ήχος πλ. α’
Ἀθλητῶν αἱ χορείαι, δεῦτε συνδράμετε καὶ τεσσαράκοντα κόρας μετὰ Ἀμμοὺν εὐσεβοῦς μεγαλύνατε, λαμπρῶς πανηγυρίζουσι ὅτι ἐνήθλησαν στερρῶς τῇ ἀσκήσει ἐν Χριστῷ, ῥωσθεῖσαι καὶ λαμπρυνθῆσαι πρεσβεύουσαι τῷ Κυρίῳ, ἐλεηθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.