June 13 Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria and St. Triphyllius the Bishop of Leucosia in Cyprus

Read the Life of St. Aquilina here

The Holy Martyr Aquilina, a native of the Phoenician city of Byblos, suffered under the emperor Diocletian (284-305).

Christians piously buried the martyr’s body in 293. Later, her relics were taken to Constantinople and placed in a church named for her.

Read the Life of St. Tryphillius here

Saint Tryphillius, Bishop of Leukosia, was born in Constantinople, and he received his education at Berit (Beirut, in Lebanon). He was very intelligent and eloquent. In spite of this, the saint chose as his guide a man neither bookish nor learned, but one of conspicuous holiness: St Spyridon of Tremithos (December 12).

St. Tryphillius died in old age in about the year 370.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Aquilina and Triphyllius from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

To thy Bridegroom, O most honored one, thou didst offer as a gift the dismemberment of thy limbs. Wherefore, having counted thee worthy of the all-radiant bridal chambers, the Transcendent One doth illumine thee with the light of divine glory. Before Him dost thou stand, rejoicing, O Aquilina, do thou earnestly entreat Him in behalf of us who with faith glorify thy suffering.

O sacred father Triphyllius, honorably adorned like a second Aaron with the plumage of vestments, thou now beholdest the Holy of holies, being within the second veil. O thine honored radiance which surpasseth the mind! O divine adornment of holy hierarchs, wherein thou sharest!

Illumined with the divine light of the virtues, thou wast adorned with an athlete's wreath, O all-glorious and honored one; and, comely in beauty, thou wast truly betrothed to the Master of all by thy faith, O thou who art undefiled and incorrupt. Wherefore, thou hast been counted worthy of the heavenly bridal chambers, having contended well and vanquished the evil one, O divinely wise Aquilina. Entreat Christ God, that He grant remission of offenses unto those who with love honor thy holy memory.

Thou wast shown to be the first-ordained and mighty pastor of Leucosia, O wise one, and didst bring to thy Master a great harvest of people. Wherefore, with faith we ask: in thine intercession pray thou to God for thy flock, that we be delivered from all corruption.

United with the choirs of the incorporeal ones and the assemblies of the martyrs, O all-praised one (Aquilina), entreat God in behalf of us all.