Virgin Martyr Anysia of Thessalonica
Saint Anysia lived in Thessalonica during the time of the Roman Emperor Maximian. After the death of her parents, who had raised her in deep Christian piety, she sold all her possessions and gave her riches to the poor. She then began to live a monastic life of fasting, vigil, and prayer. During this time, Emperor Maximian issued an edict that allowed anybody to kill Christians without punishment. After much blood had been shed, Anysia was on her way to church when she was stopped by a pagan soldier who demanded that she accompany him to a certain pagan festival to offer sacrifice to the gods. Anysia gently pulled away but the soldier violently grapped her back and tried to pull the veil off her head in a provocative manner. She boldly shoved him away, spitting in his face saying, “my Lord Jesus Christ forbids you!” In a violent rage, the solder ran her through with his sword and thus the Virgin Martyr Anysia earned herself the double crown of virginity and martyrdom and 20 years of age.
Ήχος δ’. Ταχύ προκατάλαβε.
Οσίως ανύσασα, των αρετών την οδόν, τω Λόγω νενύμφευσαι, ω Ανυσία σεμνή, και χαίρουσα ήθλησας, αίγλη δε απαθείας, λαμπρυνθείσα Μελάνη, ήστραψας εν τω κόσμω, αρετών λαμπηδόνας, και νυν ημίν ιλεούσθε, Χριστόν τον Κύριον.
Ἦχος δ΄. Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον.
Λαμπρυνθεῖσα πάνσεμνε, ἐν τῇ ἀσκήσει, μαρτυρίου αἵμασι, τὴν σὴν ἐφοίνιξας στολήν, Ὁσιομάρτυς καὶ στέφανον, παρὰ Κυρίου οὐράνιον ἔλαβες.
Troparion — Tone 4
You tread to the end of the path of virtue and were betrothed to God the Word.
You rejoiced in the contest, O Anysia;
And you, O Melania, shone with the light of dispassion,
Together, radiant with virtue in the world.
And now we ask you to implore Christ the Lord that he may be gracious to us!
Kontakion — Tone 3
As a two-fold lamp you illumine the Church of Christ / with truly mystical radiance. / You brought forth a hundred-fold fruit through your contest, O Anysia; / and you shone forth in asceticism, O Melania. / You were both found worthy of the incorruptible life of the righteous.