Crescens of Myra

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Saint Crescens of Myra the Martyr whose memory is celebrated on April 15 was born into an illustrious family in Myra of Lycia. Of his own accord he confronted the pagans, imploring them to reject their futile idols and worship the One True God who is worshipped by the Christians. Crescens of Myra was arrested and brought before the authorities where he was questioned about his lineage. To this he replied only that he was a Christian. Crescens of Myra was offered freedom if he would offer sacrifice to the idols but he valiantly refused. This infuriated the ruler who ordered that he be hung up, beaten, have his flesh torn and finally thrown into a furnace where he gave up his soul for the love of Christ while his earthly body was not harmed by the flames.


Troparion (Tone 4)

Thy Martyr, O Lord in his courageous contest for Thee,
received the prize of the crowns of incorruption
and life from Thee O Immortal God
For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants
and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumtion.
O Christ, God, by his prayers, save our souls
for Thou art merciful.

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