The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

Feast Day: March 9th


The Life of The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste: After Prayers that night, for a second time the soldiers heard the voice of the Lord: “He who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live. Be bold and have no fear of short-lived torment which soon passes; endure… that you may receive Crowns.”…

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Prayers

Apolytikion: Be Thou entreated for the sake of the sufferings of Thy Saints which they endured for Thee, O Lord and do Thou heal all our pains, we Pray, O Friend of man.

Troparion: Those noble soldiers of the Master of all let us honour, for they were united by their faith as they passed through fire and water, and being enlisted by Christ they entered to Divine refreshment. Now those pious warriors stand and intercede with Christ God for those who cry out. Glory to Him that hath given you strength. Glory to him that hath Crowned you. Glory to Him that made you Wondrous, Holy Forty Martyrs.

Kontakion: Having left every military array on the world, ye cleaved unto the Master Who is in the Heavens, O Forty Prizewinners of the Lord; for having passed through fire and water, O Blessed ones, ye rightly received Glory from Heaven and a multitude of Crowns.

Hymn: O Choir of flames four-times-ten, army wholly chosen by God, you make Lent shine furthermore because of your Sacred struggles, Sanctifying and enlightening our Souls.

Hymn: O Champions of Christ, you make the All-Sacred fast even more joyous through your Glorious struggles, for you were Forty in number, and you Sanctify the Forty-day Lent, imitating the Saving passion through your struggle on behalf of Christ. Therefore, as ones having boldness, intercede that in peace we might meet the Third-day Resurrection of our God and the Savior of our Souls.


The Holy 40 Martyrs said to each other: “By stripping off our garments we have put off the old man. The winter is cold and bitter, but Paradise will be warm and sweet. The freezing is painful, but the reward will bring us joy. Let us not be defeated, O brothers! We suffer a little, but Christ will Crown us with the laurel of victory. He is our God and the Savior of our Souls.”


Xanthios the Martyr

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Vivianos the Martyr

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Theophilos the Martyr

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Theodoulos the Martyr

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Smaragdos the Martyr

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Sisinios the Martyr

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Severianos the Martyr

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Sakerdon the Martyr

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Priskos the Martyr

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Philoktemon the Martyr

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Oualis the Martyr

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Oualerios the Martyr

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Nicholas the Martyr

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Meliton the Martyr

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Lysimachos the Martyr

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Leontios the Martyr

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Kyrion the Martyr

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John the Martyr

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Hesychios the Martyr

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Herakleios the Martyr

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Gorgonios the Martyr

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Gaios the Martyr

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Flavios the Martyr

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Eutychios the Martyr

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Eunoikos the Martyr

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Eudikios the Martyr

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Elias the Martyr

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Helianos the Martyr

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Domnas the Martyr

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Dometian the Martyr

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Cyril the Martyr

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Claudius the Martyr

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Choudion the Martyr

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Candidus the Martyr

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Athanasios the Martyr

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Alexander the Martyr

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Akakios the Martyr

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Aglaios the Guard & Martyr

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Aggias the Martyr

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Aetios the Martyr


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