O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Friday, May 3, 2013

For the Sake of Each Other Until the End

Today we celebrate the Holy Martyrs Timothy and Maura. A married couple, they were crucified facing each other on the same cross in 286. They remained on the cross for 9 days strengthening each other in the Faith by their mutual self-sacrifice to God for the sake of each other unto the sacrifice of martyrdom.

Troparion, Tone 2: O passion-bearers of the Lord! Blessed is the earth that drank your blood and the churches that received your bodies; for at the tribunal your vanquished the enemy and courageously preached Christ. Implore Him, Who is all-good, to save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 2: Appearing as radiant lights, O godly martyrs, you illumine all creation with the brightness of your miracles, healing infirmities, always dispelling deep darkness, and praying unceasingly to Christ Our God for all of us.