Feast Day: Bright Tuesday (April 9th)
The Life of Saint Irene: Saint Irene was the twelve-year-old daughter of the village mayor… the pure virgin was placed in a large earthen cask and a fire was lit under it…
Apolytikion: Having contended on Lesvos for the sake of Christ God, you have Sanctified the island since the discovery of your Sacred Relics, O Blessed ones; for what reason we honour you, O God-bearing Raphael, together with Nicholas and Virgin Irene, as our Divine protectors and intercessors with the Lord.
Kontakion: Let all of us honour as our protectors and miracle-workers the Holy Martyrs who manifestly contended for Christ. Whose Relics were hidden under the Earth for many years, and who have manifested themselves to us in wondrous ways, Raphael, Nicholas and Irene, as well as those who contended with them in a godly-minded manner.
Megalynarion: Let us honour with hymns the Hosiomartyrs of Christ, divine Raphael and venerable Nicholas, together with Irene, the guardians of Lesvos, for helping all.
In 1463, Saint Irene, Saint Raphael and Saint Nicholas were all Martyred together, along with other Holy Martyrs of Thermi.