Saint Tryphon the Martyr & Holy Unmercenary

Feast Day: February 1st


The Life of Saint Tryphon: From his childhood he was able to cure illnesses that afflicted people and livestock and was able to expel evil spirits…

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Prayers

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Apolytikion: In the Holy Spirit thou didst pour forth abundant Grace on the Church like an unfailing fountain; thou dost refresh our Souls with the delight of thy gifts. O Glorious Tryphon, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great Mercy.

Kontakion: By the power of the Trinity you destroyed polytheism to the ends of the Earth, and you were honoured by Christ, All-Glorious Tryphon; having conquered tyrants through Christ the Saviour, you received your Crown of Martyrdom and the gift of Divine Healing, for you are invincible.

Troparion: In the Holy Spirit thou didst pour forth abundant Grace on the Church like an unfailing fountain; thou dost refresh our Souls with the delight of thy gifts. O Glorious Tryphon, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great Mercy.


Saint Tryphon is one of the Holy Unmercenary Saints because by the Grace of God he healed many illnesses in people and animals.

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Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries: October 17th

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Gospel Reading

Apolytikion: Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, visit our infirmities, freely you have received, freely give to us.


Saint Tryphon loved God and always Prayed to Him, even when he was working tending to geese, which is something he did since his childhood. Saint Tryphon is known as a protector of farmers, fields, gardens and vineyards. Even after his Martyrdom, Saint Tryphon desired for his body to be buried in his village of Lampsacus where he once tended geese, so after his repose he appeared in a vision expressing this desire and the transfer of his body.

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One day he was greatly tortured for refusing to deny Christ, but he joyfully said: “Oh! If only I could be made worthy to die by fire and pain for the Name of the Lord and God, Jesus Christ!” Saint Tryphon suffered many tortures but remained strong in Christ, and he was finally beheaded.

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The Prayer of Saint Tryphon before his death
“O Lord, God of gods and King of kings, the Most Holy of all holies, I thank You that You made me worthy to complete my mortification without faltering. And now, I Pray to You that the hand of the invisible demon does not touch me; that the demon not drag me into the abyss of destruction. Rather, let Your Holy Angels lead me into Your beautiful dwelling place and make me an heir of Your desired Kingdom. Receive my Soul and harken to the Prayer of all those who would offer sacrifices to You in my remembrance. Gaze upon them from Your Holy dwelling place and grant them abundant and incorruptible gifts. For You are the only Good and Merciful Gift-giver unto the ages of ages. Amen.”


Saint Tryphon is the Patron Saint of birds. This is because one day Tsar Ivan the Terrible was hunting and his helper accidentally let his favourite felcon fly away. The Tsar ordered him to find the bird, so he Prayed to his Patron Saint, Saint Tryphon, to help him find the bird, otherwise the Tsar was going to kill him. This man Tryphon had a dream of Saint Tryphon on a white horse holding the Tsar’s falcon on his hand and said “Take the lost bird, go to the Tsar and do not grieve.” When the young Tryphon awoke, he saw the falcon on a pine tree, took it to the Tsar recounting the Miraculous help from Saint Tryphon.


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