June 7 Martyrs Kyra (Kyriaka), Valerie (Caleria) and Mary of Caesarea in Palestine

Read the Lives of Ss. Kyra, Valerie, and Mary here

The three martyrs lived in Palestinian Caesarea during the persecution under Diocletian (284-305)

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Kyra, Valerie, and Mary 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. 

O Trinity, Thou unoriginate Unity, grant me pure lips, sending down Spirit-bearing grace upon me, that I may hymn Thy three sanctified vessels.

O ye three brilliant rays of the noetic Sun, shining forth in the struggles of your martyrdom ye illumine the whole world, glorifying the Triune God.

Now is the ancient prophecy of Joel fulfilled, for, lot the Spirit hath been abundantly poured out upon the servants and handmaids of God, showing forth the weak as mighty and virgins as stronger than men and unconquered by torments.

Purified vessels of virginity, adorned with the purple robe of torments, standing firmly upon the rock of the confession of Christ, the glorious Kyriaka, together with Valeria and Maria, preach the Trinity.

''We know none other God than Thee; the beauty of the corrupt world we count but dung; wherefore, accept us into Thine eternal mansions!" did ye cry, O blessed sufferers.

Brides of the incorrupt and pre-eternal Word, daughters of the unoriginate Father, chosen vessels of the Holy Spirit: make ye steadfast our faith, O virgin martyrs.

Pure doves, proclaiming the peace of God, finding in this sinful world no fit place to which to turn, and returning not to Noah's ark, but to the splendid bridal chamber and the heavenly Father, they hymn the unoriginate Trinity, the cause of all.

The unoriginate Father did ye glorify; the co-unoriginate Son did ye preach; the Spirit, the Comforter, did ye serve, O virgins and passion-bearers, three in number.

"O immortal King, accept our life as a coin of tribute, and our souls offered as a sacred shekel unto Thee, our God and Master," did ye cry, O passion-bearers, manfully enduring divers torments.

Burning in spirit, ye did seal your lips, O blessed ones, gathering your treasure within your hearts, whence ye drew up strength during torture.

"If our outer man perish amid torments, yet our inner man is renewed," ye did cry, O virgin martyrs, awaiting liberation from this mortal body.

Bearing the image of the thrice-radiant God and illumining your souls with the brightness whereof, like three spiritual stars in the firmament of Heaven ye shone forth, O thrice-blessed passion-bearers.

"Whosoever shall confess me on earth, them will I confess also before My heavenly Father," didst thou say, O Jesus, to Thy witnesses.

"O Savior, Who hast granted us to suffer with Thee, receive us now in Thy Kingdom, as Thou didst the wise thief," did ye cry, led to your death, O pure virgins.

Divested of all things corruptible and vain, ye did inherit eternal riches, O glorious Kyriaka, and divinely-wise Maria and Valeria.

Come, ye faithful, and bearing flowers let us make haste to the temple of the Lord; and with hymns of divine beauty let us laud the memory of the martyrs, the holy virgins Kyriaka, Valeria and Maria; for flourishing like lilies amongst the thorns of paganism and adorned with flowers of the virtues, they received wreathes of suffering not woven by human hands; and now are they led with glory into the heavenly garden. Wherefore, do we fervently cry out: Rejoice, ye that did choose the good part! Rejoice, ye that by transient suffering did purchase eternal bliss! Rejoice, ye that acquired boldness before the Holy Trinity! Pray ye without ceasing, O passion- bearers, for them that faithfully honor your struggles!

Your members did ye surrender to mutilation and your youthful bodies to the slaughter, that ye might tame your souls and inherit life eternal, O all-praised martyrs.

O thrice-blessed virgins, how have ye disdained all the beauteous things of this world; how have ye been bold unto death, singing in the furnace of temptations as did the three youths: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, today ye shall be with me in paradise," didst Thou say unto them that were slain for Thee, O Master. Wherefore, with gladness did they cry out: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Aflame with the fire of divine love, enduring bodily torment as though they had no bodies, the three maidens joyously cried out to the Trinity, exclaiming: "Let us bless the Father Who is without cause, and the co-unoriginate Son; and let us glorify the Spirit, the Comforter, equally enthroned with them, hymning and supremely exalting them unto all ages!"

"O hell, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? Lo! against you do we make bold, Christ God helping us," did ye cry out, O blessed martyrs, joining chorus amid your sufferings, chanting a hymn unto the Trinity.

"We can do all things, through Christ, that strengtheneth us," did ye cry with the Apostle, O manly-wise virgins. Wherefore, did ye endure all torments utterly undaunted, and did drain the cup which your heavenly Bridegroom gaveth you, with one mouth making threefold psalmody, hymning and supremely exalting the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit unto all ages.

Although today we commemorate your martyrdom, yet knowing that even after death ye are alive, we commend ourselves to your intercession, O passion-bearers, magnifying your firm confession.

Lovingly we keep your memory, O martyrs; we kiss your wounds; and we hymn your struggles, magnifying Christ God Who crowned you with glory.

O virgins, three in number, the Trinity that wrought all things, Whom ye did glorify on earth and before Whom ye now do stand, boldly do ye entreat in behalf of the world.