Venerable Domnica of Constantinople

January 8

Saint Domnica, whose name is reminiscent of the Latin word for “the Lord” was born in Rome to pious Christian parents in the mid-fourth century. Having come to an understanding of the vanity of the world, she secretly fled her father’s house and set sail to Alexandria. Here, through divine providence, she was led to a house in which four pagan maidens lived. She joined these women, pretending herself to be a pagan, however she slowly taught them about the Word of God. The maidens were astounded at her virtuous way of life, and when they noticed her spending her nights in vigil, they were enlightened to renounce their idol worship and to embrace Christ. Domnica then led these women to Constantinople by boat. While sailing, a violent storm arose and Domnica poured a flask of holy oil into the ocean and the raging waves calmed. When they arrived in Constantinople, Patriarch Saint Nectarius (not of Aegina) was waiting for them at shore after being informed by divine revelation of their arrival. The Patriarch catechised and baptised the four maidens, tonsuring all of them, including Domnica, as nuns. Because of her angelic way of life, Domnica’s fame spread all around the City, bringing even the Emperor Theodosius the Great to ask for her counsel. Unable to tolerate the constant praise and yearning for calm and solitude, Domnica was divinely informed of a remote, demon-infested location on which she was asked to found a monastery. Approaching Patriarch Nectarius about this, he was initially hesitant until he understood that the idea was divinely inspired. The construction of the Monastery of the Holy Prophet Zachariah was built where Domnica was appointed abbess. Because of her great asceticism, as well as her gift of prophecy, the Lord granted her to be a wonderworker, performing healing and miracles in the name of Jesus Christ. After a life of much asceticism and prayer, Domnica reposed in the Lord in peace, continually performing miracles for those who approach her with faith.

Ἀπολυτίκιον.
Ήχος δ’. Ταχύ προκατάλαβε.
Αγάπη τή κρείττονι καταυγασθείσα τον νουν, ασκήσει εξέλαμψας ώσπερ λαμπάς φαεινή, Δομνίκα πανεύφημε, όθεν Μοναζουσών σε, οδηγόν φωτοφόρον, έδειξεν ο Δεσπότης, δια βίου και λόγου. Ω πρέσβευε θεοφόρε, σώζεσθαι άπαντας
Κοντάκιον.
Ἦχος β΄. Τὰ ἄνω ζητῶν.
Ἐν πολλοῖς τὸ σῶμα κατατήξασα, τὸν νοῦν πρὸς Θεὸν τελείως ἀνεπτέρωσας, διὸ γέγονας ἐνδιαίτημα θεῖον τοῦ Πνεύματος, λαβοῦσα θαυμάτων τὴν ἰσχύν, Δομνίκα Ὁσίων ἐγκαλλώπισμα.
Μεγαλυνάριον.
Χαίροις ὦ Δομνίκα νύμφη Χριστοῦ, κάλλος τῶν παρθένων χαρμονὴ τῶν μοναζουσῶν, χαίροις ἡ τῷ θρόνῳ, Κυρίου παρεστῶσα, ᾯ πρέσβευε σωθῆναι τοὺς σὲ γεραίροντας.