New Martyr Aquilina
The Holy New Martyr Aquilina of Zagliberi’s father denounced his faith and became a muslim out of fear when his daughter was still young. Her mother raised her a Christian, and taught her never to abandon her faith. When Aquilina came of age, the Muslim authorities pressured Aquilina’s father to convert his daughter to Islam. When she heard this, she utterly refused, wishing to die rather than deny her faith. She was subject to torture, but this did not shake her faith. They then attempted to win her over with flattery, riches and even a prince to marry, however she remained steadfast in her faith. Eventually, they tortured her so harshly, they left her for dead in the court. Her mother collected her body, and noticing she was still alive, asked her daughter, “what have you done, my child?” To which she replied, “behold, I have preserved the confession of my Faith, just as we agreed.” With these words, she gave up her spirit. On the way to the cemetery, a divine light shone upon her holy relics which also emitted a heavenly fragrance.
Ἦχος πλ. α’. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον.
Ἀκυλίναν τὴν θείαν ἀνευφημήσωμεν, οἴα θεόφρονα κόρην καὶ Ἀθληφόρον Χριστοῦ, τὴ ἀγάπη γὰρ αὐτοῦ πίστει ἠνδρίσατο, καὶ καθεῖλε τὸν ἐχθρόν, δι’ ἀγώνων ἱερῶν καὶ δόξης τυχοῦσα θείας Χριστῷ τῷ Λόγῳ πρεσβεύει, ἐλεηθήναι τᾶς ψυχᾶς ἠμῶν.