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Menodora, Metrodora, & Nymphodora the Martyrs

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September 10

Reading:

These Martyrs, sisters according to the flesh, were from Bithynia. They lived in virginity on a mountain near the Pythian hot springs of Bithynia, devoting themselves to asceticism and prayer. Betrayed to the local governor, Fronto, they were subjected to frightful tortures, and so gave up their holy souls into the hands of God. They contested for the Faith during the reign of Maximian, in the year 304.

Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Mother. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Menodora, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Ye put the foe to flight with all his devices, when ye contended for the Trinity bravely, as sisters bound in spirit with a sacred love. Wherefore, ye are gone to dwell with the five prudent virgins in that fair and glorious bridal chamber in Heaven; and, O prizewinners, ye now stand before the King of all with the Angels in endless joy.