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Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of his father, who had brought him to Rome, was baptized by a priest named Carpophorus. Chrysanthus refused is father's attempts to get him married, finally married Daria, a Greek and a priestess of Minerva, converted her, and convinced her to live with him in chastity. When they converted a number of Romans, Chrysanthus was denounced as a Christian to Claudius, the tribune. Chrysanthus' attitude under torture so impressed Claudius that he and his wife, Hilaria, two sons, and seventy of his soldiers became Christians, whereupon the Emperor had them all killed. Daria was sent to a brothel, where she was defended by a lion, brought before Numerian, who ordered her execution, and was stoned and then buried alive. When several followers of Daria and Chrysanthus were found praying at their crypt, among them Diodorus, a priest, and Marianus, a deacon, they were all entombed alive.
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee, O Lord; render to our neighbors sevenfold in their bosom; revenge the blood of Thy saints which hath been shed. P. 78, 1. O God, the heathens are come into Thy inheritance; thy have defiled Thy holy temple; they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit. Glory be …
May the prayers of Thy blessed martyrs, Chrystanthus and Daria, be with us, O Lord, that we may continually experience the loving assistance of those to whom we pay homage of veneration. Through our Lord.
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[He exhorts them to a correspondence with God's grace and not to associate with unbelievers.]
BRETHREN: In all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, In the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left; By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known; As dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
God is glorious in His saints: wonderful in majesty, doing wonders. Ex. 15, 6. Thy right hand, O Lord, is glorified in strength: Thy right hand hath broken the enemies.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ecclus. 44, 14. The bodies of the saints are buried in peace: and their names live unto generation and generation. Alleluia.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Christ teaches his disciples to pray. He casts out a dumb devil, confutes the Pharisees, and pronounces woes against them for their hypocrisy.]
At that time, Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees, Woe to you who build the monuments of the prophets: and your fathers killed them. Truly you bear witness that you consent to the doings of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchres. For this cause also the wisdom of God said: I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute. That the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, who was slain between the alter and the temple: Yea I say to you, It shall be required of this generation.
God is wonderful in His saints: the God of Israel is He Who will give power and strength to His people: blessed to God. (P.T. alleluia.)
We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they be rendered both pleasing unto Thee, for the honor of Thy just ones, and to us, through Thy mercy, helpful to salvation. Through our Lord.
And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, God hath tried them: as gold in the furnace He hath proved them, and as holocausts He hath received them.
GRANT us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs, Saints Chrysanthus and Daria, that what we touch with our lips we may receive with our pure heart. Through our Lord.