Saint Arseniosof Elassonos and Archbishop of Suzdal and Tarus (1625)
Saints Theodosia the Princess (daughter of Emperor Hadrian), and the Eunuch Gerontios (c. 117-138)
Martyrs Dadas, Quinctillian and Maximus, the Lectors (c. 284-305)
Martyrs Eleutherius of Persia, and Zoilus, by beheading (4th century)
Saint Ursus, Bishop of Ravenna and Confessor (396)
Saint Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome (655)
Two Confessor Bishops, who were exiled to the Crimean peninsula together with St. Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome (ca. 655)
Venerable martyr Christophoros, of the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified.
New Hieromartyr Stephen (Bekh), Bishop of Izhevsk (1933) and Translation of the relics (1967) of the Holy New Martyr George of Acre-Ptolemais from Cyprus, in Palestine (1752)
Commemorated on April 13
Hymn of Praise
Saint Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome
by St Nikolai Velimirovich
Saint Martin the Pope, before the Senate speaks:
May my body be crushed and burned,
And the most cruel sufferings, I will joyfully endure;
But, the True Faith, I will not deny.
The Good Savior was God and Man,
Two natures different with two wills, He bore,
But, two natures in one person,
And, both wills in a single light.
Such a Faith, all the Fathers passed on to us,
For such a Faith, many suffered.
May I suffer also; of all, the least
The servant of my Lord, of all the most sinful!
Thus, Martin confessed his faith to all
And truth did he speak before the heretics.
O what is the worth of man when he fears God:
Above little men, he [Martin] stands as a mountain!
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by St Nikolai Velimirovich, Bishop of Zica, Serbia
St Nikolai Velimirovich
“It is better to be a simpleton and to approach God with love than to be a know-it-all and, at the same time, be an enemy of God.” These are the words of the priest-martyr, St. Iraneaus of Lyon. The truth of these words have been confirmed at all times and is also confirmed in our time. One thing must be added to this, namely, that the lovers of God are not simpletons because they know God well enough that they are able to love Him. Of all human knowledge, this knowledge is more important and greater. To this must be added that the enemies of God cannot be more knowledgeable, even though they consider themselves as such, because their knowledge is unavoidably chaotic, for it does not have a source and does not have order.
For the source and order of all knowledge is God. Some of the saints, such as Paul the Simple, did not know how to read or write yet with the strength of their spirit and divine love surpassed the entire world. Whosoever approaches God with love, that person is not capable of crime. Knowledge without love toward God is motivated by the spirit of criminality and war. St. Euthymius the Great taught: “Have love; for what salt is to food, love is to every virtue.” Every virtue is tasteless and cold if it is not seasoned and warmed by divine love.
Theotokos of Tikhvin (Tikhvinskaya) Troparion Tone 4
Today, like the eternal sun,
Your Icon appears in the sky, O Theotokos.
With rays of mercy it enlightens the world.
This land accepts the heavenly gift from above,
Honoring You as the Mother of God.
We praise Christ our Lord who was born of You.
Pray to Him, O Queen and sovereign virgin
That all Christian cities and lands be guarded in safety,
And that He save those who kneel to His divine, and Your holy image, O unwedded bride.
Kontakion of St Pope Martin Tone 8
O High Priest and Teacher of Mysteries, thou didst pour forth streams of doctrine;/ thou didst expound the true theology that Christ has two natures and wills./ Intercede for those who cry: Rejoice, blessed Father Martin.
Kontakion of Appearance of the Icon of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos of Tikhvin
Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Let us run, O ye peoples, to the Virgin Queen, the Theotokos, thanking Christ our God; and gazing tenderly at her miraculous icon, let us fall down and cry to her: O Lady Mary, having visited this land by the wonderous appearance of thy venerable icon, keep all Christians in peace and prosperity, and make them heirs of the heavenly life; for to thee we cry with faith: Rejoice, O Virgin, salvation of the world.