+ Translation of the relics of Apostle Andrew to Iași; Martyrs Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus, Agathonike and Florentius; 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)

The Martyrs Tarachus, Probus, and Andronicus suffered for Christ in the year 304 at Tarsus in Cilicia. When the pagans ordered him to offer sacrifice to idols, the old soldier Tarachus replied that he would offer a pure heart to the one true God instead of sacrifices of blood.

Seeing the firmness of the saint’s confession the true Faith, the proconsul gave them all over to torture.

The tormentors subjected the martyrs to various tortures, and then they tore the bodies of the saints apart. Christians secretly took up the relics of the saints and buried them.

Tr by oca.org

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