June 25 Virgin Martyr Febronia of Nisibis

Read the Life of St. Febronia here

The Virgin Martyr Febronia suffered during the reign of Diocletian (284-305).

She was raised at a monastery in the city of Sivapolis (Assyria). The head of the women’s monastery was the abbess Bryaena, the aunt of St Febronia. 

In the year 363 the relics of St Febronia were transferred to Constantinople.

Soon after the death of St Febronia, St James the Bishop of Nisibis (January 13) built a church and transferred into it a portion of the of the holy martyr’s relics.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Febronia 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.

Thou didst endure a twofold suffering in thy contest, O most praised Febronia, mingling the blood of martyrdom with the sweat of thine ascetic endeavor; wherefore, the Benefactor hath bestowed upon thee a twofold crown. And thou hast entered in unto Him, splendidly adorned, as a most immaculate virgin and an invincible martyr.

O pure Febronia, champion of the glory of Christ, grant me grace and thine enlightenment, that I may joyfully praise thy luminous solemnity.

Continually enlightening thy soul with the thought of death, O martyr Febronia, thou didst ascend to the summit of martyrdom, offering thyself to Christ through thine agonies.

Having manifestly renewed the meadow of thy heart through thy pangs, O martyr, thou hast received the crown of martyrdom and chantest to our God in thy sufferings.

Thou wast strengthened by the Spirit, to cast down the savagery of the tyrant and the polytheism of the ungodly, O all-glorious Febronia.

With Thy mighty arm, O Master, Thou hast now rendered the glorious Febronia steadfast, who struggled in martyrdom.

Thy body, which was cloven asunder in thy martyrdom for Christ, O most wise and pure one, won for thee the delights of paradise.

There was no fault in thee, O most praised Febronia; for Him Who was both thy Deliverer and thy desired Lover thou didst strive to please, adorned with the pangs of asceticism and the sufferings of martyrdom, O divinely wise one who art most rich.

From infancy thou didst desire the love of the ever-flowing Well-spring desired by all the reason-endowed; and, full of the pangs of martyrdom, thou didst endure, burned with fire, thy member& cut off, O Febronia, boast of virgins.

Nurtured on the words of God, O divinely wise one, and sacredly commending the salvific discourse of sanctified books to those who desired to learn of God, O martyr, in godly manner thou didst extend thy hands to receive the reward of thy teaching, enriched with the glory of the martyrs.

Clad in a purple robe woven for thee of thy blood, O martyr, thou didst strip thy body bare and cast off the garments of the passions; and, standing before the tribunal of the tyrants, O Febronia, thou didst emulate the nakedness of Christ.

Kindled by thy love of thy noetic Bridegroom and set afire by His incorrupt beauties, thou didst endure the severing of thy hands and painful wounds, O martyr Febronia, thou boast of the martyrs.

The torrents of thy blood quenched the flame of polytheism, and thine uprooted teeth removed the falsehood of idolatry and made thee food of eternal beauty, O Febronia.

Thou didst cast down the ungodly and prideful savagery of the wicked Selenus, O glorious one, by God's providence for all, which sought thy blood; and the godly Lysimachus was saved by thine endurance.

The wise and God-bearing Bryene, who instructed thee with doctrines, showed thee to be a divinely radiant lamp, O maiden, and thou didst in nowise disappoint her hope; for she presented thee to Christ as an undefiled bride, O Febronia.

Thou pourest forth streams of healing upon those who have recourse to thy tomb with faith, O Febronia, and cry out to thy Bridegroom: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

O thy goodly commerce, O divinely wise one! For with a cup of blood  thou didst purchase the kingdom of God, O most lauded one, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Thy splendid memory is now celebrated, shining with radiant lightning flashes, O Febronia; for thou didst draw nigh to the Light and becamest light, crying out to the Creator and Bestower of light: Ye children, bless; ye priests, hymn; ye people, exalt Him supremely for all ages!

Thou wast first made marvelous by ascetic feats, O all-praised one, and wast afterwards adorned with feats of martyrdom; for thou didst hasten after thy Lover, O radiant maiden. Both of thy breasts, more goodly than wine, were cut off, O Febronia, for piety's sake, and the sweet scent of thy fragrance perfumeth the faithful.

Weighed down by the burden of transgressions and broken down by the waves of the passions, I flee to thy protection, O most lauded Febronia, seeking deliverance from both. As thou art wondrous and the chosen one of the  Master, O virgin, disdain me not who cry out, but by thy supplications rescue me  from soul-destroying snares.

O divine turtle-dove of the Master, rendered golden by the splendor of virginity, who hast made thy body bright by asceticism and hast furnished thyself with golden wings through the golden luster of thy confession and thy divine blood: illumine those who hymn thee.

Conversing with the mind of God, thine own mind laid bare, O divinely wise Febronia, them didst utterly trample down carnal desires and hast been vouchsafed to attain a blessed end; and now thou reignest in splendor with Christ thy Bridegroom, abiding in gladness with the ineffable mansions of heaven.

Thou pourest forth healings like rivers upon those who have recourse to thy precious shrine with faith, O godly Febronia, thou pillar of virginity, beauteous flower of nature, daughter of the King, who hast within thee the blessedness of divine glory.