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ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΕΝΟΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ
«Η ΑΓΙΑ ΕΥΦΗΜΙΑ»
Greek Orthodox Parish and
Community of Bankstown
St Euphemia 6-12 East
Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200
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Our Holy Great Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised
Holy Great Martyr Euphemia was the daughter of Christians, the senator Philophronos and Theodosia. She suffered for
Christ 304 AD in the city of Chalcedon, on the banks of the Bosphorus opposite Constantinople. Chalcedon governor
Priscus circulated an order to all the inhabitants of Chalcedon and its surroundings to appear at a pagan festival to
worship and offer sacrifice to an idol of Ares, threatening grave torments for anyone who failed to appear. During this
impious festival, 49 Christians including the young maiden Euphemia were hidden in one house, where they secretly
attended services to the True God.
The Christians was soon discovered and brought before Priscus to answer for themselves. For nineteen days, the
martyrs were subjected to various tortures and torments, but none of them wavered in their faith or consented to offer
sacrifice to the idol. The governor was in rage and not knowing any other way of forcing the Christians to abandon their
faith, sent them for trial to the emperor Diocletian. He kept the youngest, the virgin Euphemia, hoping that she would
not remain strong if she were all alone. St Euphemia, separated from her brethren in faith, fervently prayed the Lord
Jesus Christ, that He strengthen her in her impending ordeal. Priscus at first urged the saint to recant, promising her
earthly blessings, but then he gave the order to torture her.
The martyr was tied to a wheel with sharp knives, which cut her body. She prayed aloud, and as it happened, the
wheel stopped by itself and would not move even with all the efforts of the executioners. An angel of the Lord, came
down from Heaven, removed Euphemia from the wheel, and healed her of her wounds. The Saint gave thanks to the
Lord with gladness. Not perceiving the miracle that had happened, the torturer ordered the soldiers Victor and
Sosthenes to take the Saint to a red-hot oven. However, the soldiers, seeing two fearsome angels in the midst of the
flames, refused to carry out the order of the governor and became believers in the God Whom Euphemia worshipped.
Boldly proclaiming that they too were Christians, Victor and Sosthenes bravely went to suffering. They were sent to be
eaten by wild beasts. During their execution, they cried out for mercy to God, asking that the Lord would receive them
into the Heavenly Kingdom. A heavenly Voice answered their cries, and they entered into eternal life. The beasts,
however, did not even touch their bodies.
St Euphemia, cast into the fire by other soldiers, remained unharmed. With God’s help, she emerged unharmed after
many other tortures and torments. Ascribing this to sorcery, the governor gave orders to dig out a new pit, and filling it
with knives; he had it covered over with earth and grass, so that the martyr would not notice the preparation for her
execution. Here also St Euphemia remained safe, easily passing over the pit. Finally, they sentenced her to be
devoured by wild beasts at the circus. Before execution, the Saint began to implore that the Lord deem her worthy to
die a violent death. However, none of the beasts, set loose at her in the arena, attacked her. Finally, one of the she-
bears gave her a small wound on the leg, from which came blood, and immediately the holy Great Martyr Euphemia
died. During this time, there was an earthquake, and both the guards and the spectators ran in terror, so that the
parents of the Saint were able to take up her body and reverently bury it not far from Chalcedon.
In 451, during the reign of the Sovereigns Marcian and Pulcheria, the Fourth Ecumenical Council was convoked
in Chalcedon against Eutyches and those of like mind with him. After much debate, the Fathers who were the
defenders of Orthodoxy, being 630 in number, agreed among themselves and with those who were of contrary
mind, to write their respective definitions of faith in separate books, and to ask God to confirm the truth in this
matter. When they had prepared these texts, they placed the two tomes in the case that held Saint Euphemia's
relics, sealed it, and departed. After three days of night-long supplications, they opened the reliquary in the
presence of the Emperor, and found the tome of the heretics under the feet of the Martyr, and that of the
Orthodox in her right hand.
Apolytikion of Great Martyr Euphemia in the Third Tone
O Euphemia, Christ's comely virgin, thou didst fill the Orthodox with gladness and didst cover with shame all the
heretics; for at the holy Fourth Council in Chalcedon, thou didst confirm what the Fathers decreed aright. O all-
glorious Great Martyr, do thou entreat Christ God that His great mercy may be granted unto us.
Kontakion of Great Martyr Euphemia in the Second Tone
You made fervent effort in your struggles of trial, in your struggles of faith for Christ your bridegroom. But even
now, intercede with the Theotokos that the heresies and insolence of enemies be trod beneath the feet of our
rulers, O All Praised, who received and kept the Decree of the 630 God-bearing Fathers.