Saint Christina was from Tyre in Syria, the daughter of a pagan named Urban. Enlightened in her heart to believe in Christ, she broke her father’s idols, made of gold and silver, and distributed the pieces to the poor. When her father learned this, he punished her ruthlessly, then cast her into prison. The rulers subjected her to imprisonments, hunger, torments, the cutting off of her breasts and tongue, and finally impalement, in the year 200, during the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus.


The holy Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb, named Romanus and David in sacred Baptism, were the pious sons of the holy Great Prince Vladimir. In 1015 they were slain at the command of their brother Svyatopolk – Saint Boris, on July 24 on the Alta River, near Pereyaslavl, and Saint Gleb, on September 5 on the bank of the Smyadinya River, near Smolensk. Although both had understood their brother’s designs against them, they refused to take up arms against him and bring civil war upon their land, preferring to fulfil the commandment, “Resist not evil” (Matt. 5:39). The holy relics of Saint Boris were then buried in Vyshgorod, to which the holy relics of his brother were transferred five years later. Miracles were worked through the holy relics of the meek and guileless brothers during the consecration in Vyshgorod of a church in their honor on this day in 1021.



遣散頌(殉道者) 第四調式

O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: * O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, * and with thy baptism am crucified and buried. * I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; * for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: * accept me offered out of longing * to Thee as a spotless sacrificel. * Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.


遣散頌(蒙難者) 第二調式

O Righteous Passion-bearers and true fulfillers of the Gospel of Christ, chaste Boris and guileless Gleb, ye did not oppose the onslaughts of your enemy, your brother, who though killing your bodies was unable to touch your souls. Let the evil lover of power mourn therefore, while ye rejoice with the angelic choirs; and as ye stand before the Holy Trinity, pray for the souls of them that honour your memory, that they may be pleasing to God; and by your intercessions, pray that all Orthodox people may be saved.


集禱頌(殉道者) 第四調式

O Dove of golden wings, thou shonest like lightning, * and flewest up unto the height of the Heavens, * august Christina; therefore we all celebrate * thy glorious festival, * as we faithfully rev’rence * the worshipful shrine wherein * thy pure relics are treasured, * whence thou dost truly well forth unto all * divine cures both for the body and for the soul.


集禱頌(蒙難者) 第三調式

On this day your memory * hath shone forth, splendid with glory, * O ye noble sufferers * and Passion-bearers of Christ God. * It hath called us to give glory * to Christ our Saviour; * wherefore those that draw nigh to the shrine of your relics, * do ye swiftly heal as wise and * divine physicians, * O hallowed boris and Gleb.