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Lucian the Martyr of Antioch

October 15

The Hieromartyr Lucian of Antioch was orphaned at the age of 12 and so he distributed all his possessions to the poor and sought guidance from the confessor Macarius in Edessa. Here he learnt the scriptures and the ascetic life. Having excelled in virtue and preached the gospel to the Jews and pagans, he was ordained a presbyter (priest). He opened a school in Antioch which taught the Holy Scriptures and how to live a virtuous life. He even corrected mistranslations and heretical additions to the Greek Septuagint. During the persecution of Diocletian, Saint Lucian was taken prisoner for 9 years where he encouraged his fellow prisoners not to give up the good fight. Just before his death, the holy presbyter wished to receive communion for the last time, and so, bound to a spiked bed in chains and shackles, he performed the Divine Liturgy in the prison, using his own chest as the Holy Altar. The day after when the soldiers went to see if the Saint was alive, he confessed three times, “I am a Christian” and then his soul departed to the Lord. The soldiers threw his body into the sea, however two dolphins miraculously brought it ashore where a pious Christian took the body and buried it. The Honourable Saint Helen built a church over where his relics were buried.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος γ’. Θείας πίστεως.
Θείω Πνεύματι, λελαμπρυσμένος, γνῶσιν ἔνθεον, ἐταμιεύσω, καὶ τῆς πίστεως τὸν λόγον ἐτράνωσας, ὅθεν Μαρτύρων ἀλείπτης γενόμενος, Λουκιανὲ ἐν ἀθλήσει ἠρίστευσας. Μάρτυς ἔνδοξε, Χριστὸν τὸν Θεὸν ἱκέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ἠμὶν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος β’. Τὴν ἐv πρεσβείαις.
Τὸv ἐν ἀσκήσει τὸ πρότεροv λαμπρυνθέντα, καὶ ἐν ἀθλήσει τὸ δεύτερον φαιδρυvθέντα, πάντες ὡς φωστῆρά σε φαιδρότατον, Λουκιανὲ τοῖς ὕμvοις, ἐνδόξως σε γεραίρομεν. Πρεσβεύων μὴ παύσῃ ὑπὲρ πάντων ἠμῶv.

Troparion
Tone 3
Radiant with the Spirit, / You taught true knowledge of the true faith; / A trainer of martyrs, O Lucian, / You were glorified in contest. / Intercede with Christ our God that he may grant us great mercy!

Kontakion
Tone 2
We honor you with hymns of glory, / Lucian, the radiant star. / You first became radiant by your detachment from the things of this world; / then you were raised up by your struggle. / Unceasingly pray for us all.