September 10 Holy Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora

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The Holy Virgins Menodora, Nymphodora, and Metrodora (305-311), were sisters from Bithynia (Asia Minor). Distinguished for their special piety, they wanted to preserve their virginity and avoid worldly associations. They chose a solitary place for themselves in the wilderness and spent their lives in deeds of fasting and prayer.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora 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 glorious martyrs, make supplication to the uncreated Trinity Whom ye preached, for us who now honor your divine sufferings and corrections divinely blessed ones.

Protected by the divine weaponry of faith, the maidens scorned the words of the tyrant, and for the sake of the Life of all they submitted to the threefold waves of torments and to an unjust death.

Strengthened by the omnipotent power of the Creator, the most honored ones assumed a manly character; with their feet they trampled upon the twisted and prideful serpent and cast him down to the ground.

Wounding thee cruelly, the all-iniquitous tormentor of our life, dead of mind, sought to force thee to renounce Christ, O martyr Menodora.

The tyrant took no pity on thee who lifted thine eyes to God, O martyr, but with an iron rod broke thy members without mercy, thus weaving for thee an everlasting crown which will not wither away.

By your torments ye acquired treasure in the heavens and everlasting glory, O thrice rich holy martyrs, and ye have clearly drawn nigh unto God.

Resplendent in the rays of the Cross, O ever-blessed Metrodora, bound to a tree thou didst endure torture by fire, quenching the burning coal of deception with the dew of the love of Christ.

Stretching forth thy thought towards the visions manifested to thee, and beholding thy Bridegroom of unimaginable comeliness, O ever-blessed Metrodora, beaten with iron rods thou didst valiantly endure the pangs of torture.

Ye have adorned yourselves and been radiantly glorified, O virgins, loving the all-glorious Word wholly: for, wounded by His love, ye steadfastly endured the assaults of suffering.

Showing forth a steadfast demeanor and insuperable intent before the tribunal, the martyrs plaited a crown of victory for themselves.

Suspended, Nymphodora, who loveth the immortal Bridegroom, now mightily endureth laceration with iron claws.

With hymns let the divinely wise virgins be praised, the thrice-radiant lamps, the house of three chambers, the habitations of the Trinity.

Desiring to behold Thine inconceivable beauty, O unoriginate Word, they who are wounded with Thy love most sweet valiantly endured the cruelty of tortures.

The all-glorious maidens bloomed like lilies in a garden, and by the grace of the Spirit have perfumed the Church with the fragrance of their divers torments.

Desiring the immortal Bridegroom alone, the virgin maidens manifestly vanquished visible death, strengthened by invisible power.

Ye spat upon the impious tyrant who commanded you to offer sacrifice to deaf idols, O maidens, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Illumined in mind with divine rays, O most laudable ones, ye darkened the gloom of the idols, chanting: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Neither the severing of their limbs, nor persecution, nor tribulation were in any wise able to separate Christ from the martyrs, who cried out: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Sharpened by the love of the Creator, ye dulled the stings of the serpents, having taken up manly struggles in your female bodies; and ye have been crowned with heavenly wreaths.

Locked together in the midst of the contest, the divinely wise maidens vanquished invisible and incorporeal foes with their flesh, crying aloud: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Strengthened by God the Savior, made powerful by Christ Jesus, ye destroyed the feeble might of the enemy, chanting: Bless the Lord, every work of the Lord!

Covered with the embroidery of the wounds of your torments and adorned with comeliness, O right wondrous maidens, ye have received the kingdom on high, reigning with Christ Jesus.

Desiring to see the beauty of the Bridegroom, O God-bearers, as the ultimate gesture to Him ye received immortality in your mortal bodies. Wherefore, ye are worthily called blessed.

O unblemished ewe-lambs, ye found yourselves among tormentors as among savage wolves; and overcoming their bestiality, ye offered yourselves to Christ as a right acceptable sacrifice.

A wreath of divine glory which fadeth not away have ye woven together, O virgins, and as martyrs ye have been vouchsafed to receive the truly unshakable kingdom with the martyrs.

O honored virgins, as ye have boldness before the Master, pray ye that they that keep your memory with love receive the glory of which ye have been counted worthy and the exultation ye have received. barren and childless mother; and Adam, restored, rejoiceth. souls.