June 23 Martyr Agrippina of Rome

Read the Life of St. Agrippina here

The Holy Martyr Agrippina, was by birth a Roman. She did not wish to enter into marriage, and totally dedicated her life to God.

During the time of persecution against Christians under the emperor Valerian (253-259) the saint went before the court and bravely confessed her faith in Christ, for which she was given over to torture.

In the eleventh century the relics of the holy Martyr Agrippina were transferred to Constantinople.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Agrippina 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.

Bassa and Paula bore thee on their shoulders at the command of Him Who upbeareth all things, moving thee from place to place and making a long journey over the deep. And working awesome miracles through divine grace, O martyr Agrippina, thou didst come to rest in the place which God had appointed, becoming a place of rest for the heavy-laden, O most lauded one.

With the effulgence of the grace which illumined thee from on high drive away the gloom of mine ignorance, O martyr Agrippina, and by thy supplications grant me the grace to hymn thy wonders.

In the firmament of the Church of Christ thou hast truly shone forth more brightly than the sun, and thou hast enlightened the ends of the earth with  the beams of thy struggles and miracles.

Desiring the immortal Bridegroom, the Bestower of life, thou didst offer Him suffering as a gift, and hast received the heavenly kingdom and an incorruptible crown, O glorious martyr.

Guided by the hand of thy Master, thou didst sail over the moving sea of ungodliness, O honored one; and thou didst arrive at the harbor of heavenly radiance, O Agrippina blessed of God.

Beaten with staves, thou didst rejoice, thereby shattering the bones of ungodliness, and crying aloud: "Nought shall separate me from Thy love, O Christ!"

Thou wast stripped of thy garments, O martyr, and dost denounce the nakedness of the enemy; wherefore, Christ hath given unto thee the vesture of incorruption.

The mouths which iniquitously spake against thee were rightly stopped, O martyr of Christ, when thou didst proclaim the mighty works of the Savior.

In vain did the servant of ungodliness have thy body stretched out upon the ground, for thou didst have thy mind stretched forth unto the Master.

By an angel He Who doeth the will of those who fear Him released thee from bonds and imprisonment, O martyr, who destroyed all ungodliness with the bond of the love of Christ, thy Bridegroom.

Having died for the love of Him Who hath slain all the might of death, thou pourest forth the grace of everlasting life and healest those slain by the passions, O Agrippina, adornment of the martyrs of Christ.

Having surpassed all carnal love with the love of thy Bridegroom, thou wast steadfastly patient when thou wast painfully beaten, crying aloud: "The threat of tortures shall not separate me from Thy love, O Christ!"

Who can describe the courage of Bassa and the chaste Agrippina, who suffered in their desire for blessed union with the Trinity? Through them was the might of the idols mightily shown to be feeble.

The never-waning light which dwelt within thy body revealed thee to those who looked upon thee, emitting the radiance of miracles night and day.

Following the steps of the Shepherd, the unblemished ewe-lamb divinely offered herself unto Him as an immaculate sacrifice.

Possessed of a splendid intelligence and full of prophecy, O glorious Bassa, in the present thou wast vouchsafed to speak of the things of the future.

Receiving the body of the holy martyr like a never-setting sun which shone forth from Rome, Sicily is delivered from the cruelty of the demons' darkness.

The thrice-rich holy martyrs, who in the expectation of martyrdom died before death, valiantly bore thy life-bearing dead body away.

The weaponry of the enemy was of no effect against thee, for with the labor of thy glorious struggles, O Agrippina, thou didst cast down his pride like a city which hath no foundation.

A woman with an issue of blood was healed by touching thy body, and lepers who approached thee with faith were cleansed; and every other ailment fleeth when thy holy name is invoked, O martyr.

Like a golden dove protected by the sword of the Cross, thou didst destroy the Moslems who drew nigh unto thy city at night, and thus didst save the faithful from a vile death at their hands, O martyr.

Enduring multifarious tortures for the sake of Christ, O martyr, therein thou didst find delight devoid of pain and death, crying: O all-hymned Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

The wondrous priest, beholding thy wonders resplendent with miracles, magnified God, O Agrippina, and chanted in gladness: O God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Bearing thy body up firmly against the passions with steadfast intent, O virgin, thou didst never experience womanly weakness, crying out to the Master: O Lord God of our fathers, blessed art Thou!

Night was seen to be like day by those who bore thy relics, O martyr. The place which received thee wast filled with all manner of sweet fragrance. The  hordes of the demons were driven far away. And drops of healing are poured forth upon those who exalt Christ supremely for all ages.

Desiring the immortal Bridegroom, thou didst follow in His sweet footsteps, emulating His sufferings and death, O glorious martyr, and crying aloud: Hymn the Lord, O ye works, and exalt Him supremely forever!

Possessed of unwavering faith, and lighting thy lamp with the oil of thy blood, O martyr, thou didst enter into the bridal-chamber, chanting hymns of heavenly joy: Hymn the Lord, O ye works, and exalt Him supremely forever!

Desiring to behold the beauty of the Lord and to visit His temple, ascending on the chariot of thy blood thou didst reach Him, chanting: Hymn the Lord, O ye works, and exalt Him supremely forever!

At the behest of Him Who createth all things, Agathonica, Bassa and Paula eagerly hastened to the goal of martyrdom, and as a company they have truly attained their uttermost desire.

Dwelling in the mansions of heaven, O virgin, gazing upon the beauties of things invisible, and receiving the effulgence of God, illumine those who hymn thee.

A wreath of grace hath been placed upon thy brow, O Agrippina, for thou didst finish the race and keep the faith intact, and the ranks of the righteous have received thee in beauty.

As thou standest with boldness before the Creator and Master, O martyr Agrippina, with all the saints from ages past ask thou forgiveness of offenses for those who hymn thee, O good virgin.