THE HOLY MARTYRS ADRIAN AND EUBULUS

February 3

From the Prologue

These two holy souls arrived from their place of Baneas in Caesarea of Cappadocia to attend the imprisoned Christians in the dungeon and to console and encourage them. However they, too, were arrested and sentenced to death. Adrian was beheaded and Eubulus was thrown before wild beasts in the year 309 A.D. Thus, not grieving over this life, they honorably and joyfully entered into life eternal.

HYMN OF PRAISE

A PRAYER FOR A SMALL CHILD

O Powerful Lord, have mercy and save,

Do not extinguish this small flame with death!

This child is like the small flame of a candle,

And the winds of the world are terrible, even to the stars;

A weak fire is banked beneath the ashes

And beneath Your hand, the soul of man.

When the water rises and reaches the throat,

And the flame becomes smaller and the fire becomes damp,

O Lord, save, have mercy and alleviate!

Thus, David the Prophet, prayed to You

Even though he was a huge torch.

And a weak child at the base of heaven

And from sinful thoughts his head began to ache.

Every wind of malice weakened him.

It would be extinguished quickly from the tumultuous winds,

If you do not save, O Helper, hurry,

O Lord, have mercy and save us even now,

And this small flame do not extinguish with death!

Through the prayers, O God, of Your favorite Elder,

Holy Saint Simeon, the wonderful receiver of God.





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