Posted by: anna | February 9, 2012

St Devota of Corsica and Monaco

Today (27 January) we commemorate St Devota (or perhaps Julia), virgin martyr in Corsica (4th century) – and I think we should include her master Eutychius, who was murdered for his defence of Devota’s faith (and virtue, doubtless). From Miss Dunbar:

 Devota, a young girl in Corsica, took  refuge in the household of Eutychius, a senator, that she might serve God in safety under his protection. Soon afterwards Barbarus, the governor, or a barbarian chief, came with a fleet to Corsica, and held a great feast and sacrificed. When he heard that Eutychius had a girl in his house who worshipped some crucified Jew and despised the gods of the Romans, he demanded that she should be given up and compelled to sacrifice. Eutychius refused this demand, saying that no power on earth would compel her so much as to bend her head to a heathen god.

” Give her up to me: she shall soon obey,” said the tyrant.

” I would not give her up for all your gold,” replied Eutychius.

The enraged persecutor, not daring to attack Eutychius openly, had him poisoned, and then he seized Devota, who, on her renewed refusal to sacrifice, was tied by the hands and feet, and dragged over sharp stones ; she meanwhile sang a psalm of praise, and prayed that Eutychius might be numbered among the elect, because he had died for his kindness to her.

When she was stretched on the equuleus [rack], a voice from heaven was heard encouraging her, and her spirit was seen to ascend thither in the form of a dove. The Christians took her body by night, and placed it in a ship to take to Africa ; but the wind was contrary, their lives were endangered by a fearful tempest, and they were compelled to take the opposite course. They were then guided by a dove to the place now called Monaco, where they buried the martyr in the church of St. George.

Devota’s relics are still venerated in Monaco and Corsica.


Troparion in Tone 1 to the holy martyr Devota (+312)

You were born in Corsica, on the ‘Isle of Beauty,’
And you were martyred for your Christian faith.
The faithful made away with your precious body
And laid it in a boat bound for Africa.
But a great tempest blew it instead to Monaco.
Saint Devota, pray to the Lord for our souls!

– troparion translated from a French original by Claude Lopez-Ginisty at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes

Posted by: anna | February 8, 2012

St Auxilius of Lérins

Today (26 January) we commemorate St Auxilius, monk of Lérins, bishop of Fréjus and martyr under Euric, Arian King of the Visigoths. As a young monk at the great monastery and cradle of bishops and saints Lérins, he was a contemporary of SS Lupus, later bishop of Troyes, and Maximus, later bishop of Riez. According to Sidonius Apollinaris, he practised great abstinence, equal to or even surpassing that of the desert fathers. He became bishop of Fréjus and was later martyred by the forces of Evaric, Arian king of the Visigoths.

summary Life in French, from which the above is more or less translated.

Troparion in the fourth tone to St Auxilius, bishop and martyr (+480)
In your youth you were a monk at Lérins,
And you had as companions there St Lupus  and Maximus.
You became bishop on the death of St Leontius
And you were assassinated by the Visigoths,
Giving to Fréjus a new intercessor.
St Auxilius, pray to the Lord to save us!

– troparion translated from a French original by Claude Lopez-Ginisty at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes

Posted by: anna | February 7, 2012

St Dwynwen of Llandwyn

Today (25 January) in the calendar of early British saints we commemorate St. Dwyn or Dwynwen, virgin of Llandwyn (5th century). Dwynwen was one of the many children of Brychan Brycheiniog, king in Wales. Finding herself crossed in love, she prayed to be freed of her passions. In what strikes me as a particularly cheerful and unselfish way, she also prayed that all truehearted lovers might find happiness (or – practical woman – freedom from their desires). She went to live as a hermit on Llanddwyn, off Anglesey. The ruins of her chapel are still there.

Troparion in Tone 6 to St Dwynwen of Wales (+465)

As a young Christian girl in Wales,
You renounced earthly marriage
In order to consecrate yourself wholly to the Lord.
Then you retreated to the island of Llanddwyn
Where you lived in solitude with God.
Saint Dwynwen, pray to the Lord to save us!

– troparion translated from an original composition in French by Claude Lopez-Ginisty at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes
Posted by: anna | January 24, 2012

St Hyginus, Pope

Today (11 January) we commemorate Pope St Hyginus, who is chiefly remembered for having had to deal with two notorious heretical preachers, Cerdo and Valentine, during his four years in office ca. 138-142 AD.


Ton 4 Tropaire à saint Hygin, Pape orthodoxe, martyr, (Natalice en 140 A.D.)
Natif de la ville d’Athènes dans l’Hellade,*
Tu y avais étudié la philosophie*
Patriarche dans la ville sainte de Rome,*
Tu as lutté contre l’hérésie des gnostiques.*
Et tu donnas ta vie en martyr pour le Christ.*
Saint Hygin, prie Dieu afin qu’Il sauve nos âmes!
-troparion from Acathistes et offices orthodoxes

Troparion in the 4th tone to St Hyginus, Orthodox Pope (+140)
Native of the city of Athens in Greece,
You studied philosophy there.
As patriarch in the holy city of Rome,
You battled against the gnostic heresy
And you gave your life [in martyrdom] for Christ.
St Hyginus, pray to God that He save our souls!

Posted by: anna | January 23, 2012

St Sæthryth

Today (10 January) we commemorate St Saethrith (Sedrido, Sethrid, Sethrida), second abbess of Brie, later Faremoutiers. As half-sister of SS Etheldreda, Withburga, Ethelburga and Seaxburga, daughter of St Hereswitha and successor of St Fara, she was a member of the great houses – royal and monastic – that forged strong links across the Channel during the early Middle Ages.
Ton 1 Tropaire à sainte Séthride de Faremoutiers, higoumène, (Natalice en 660 A.D.)
Demi-sœur de sainte Etheldrède, tu devins*
Moniale au couvent sacré de Faremoutiers,*
Tu succédas à l’higoumène sainte Fare,*
Menant les brebis qui t’avaient été confiées*
Aux portes du Royaume éternel du Seigneur.*
Sainte Séthride, prie le Christ-Dieu pour nos âmes!
Troparion in Tone 1 to St Saethrith, abbess of Faremoutiers (+660)
Half-sister of St Etheldreda, you became
A nun at the holy convent of Faremoutiers.
You succeeded St Fara as abbess,
Leading the flock confided to your care
To the gates of the eternal Kingdom of the Lord.
Holy Saethrith, pray to Christ God for our souls!
Posted by: anna | January 22, 2012

troparia for 9 January

Today (9 January) in the calendar of early western saints and with the troparia provided at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes, we commemorate SS Adrian of Canterbury, Marciana of Toledo, Paschasia of Dijon and Vaneng.

Ton 1 Tropaire à saint Adrien de Cantorbéry, higoumène, (Natalice en 710 A.D.)
 D’origine berbère et moine en Italie,*
Tu allas en Angleterre à Cantorbéry,*
Et tu devins higoumène du monastère*
Qui avait été fondé par saint Augustin.*
Saint Adrien, formateur des clergés d’Europe,*
Prie Dieu qu’Il garde nos âmes dans Sa mercy!

Troparion in the first tone to St Adrian of Canterbury, abbot (+710)
Of Berber origin and then a monk in Italy,
You went to Canterbury in England
And became abbot of the monastery
Which had been founded by St Augustine.
St Adrian, trainer of the clergy of Europe,
Pray to God that he keep our souls in His mercy!

Ton 2 Tropaire à sainte Marcienne, martyre, (Natalice au 4ème siècle)

Pendant les persécutions des chrétiens par Dèce,*
Tu vivais en Algérie, dans la foi du Christ,*
Comme tu ne voulus pas renier le Maître,*
Tu fus livrée par trois fois aux mains des soldats,*
Ton honneur restant sauf, tu péris par les bêtes.*
Sainte Marcienne, prie le Seigneur pour nos âmes!

Troparion in the second tone to St Marciana, martyr (+ 4th c)
During the Decian persecutions,
You lived in Algeria in the faith of Christ.
As you did not wish to renounce the Master,
Though you were delivered up three times to the hands of the soldiers,
You perished by wild beasts with your honour intact.
Saint Marciana, pray to the Lord for our souls!

Roman Martyrology 1916


Ton 3 Tropaire à sainte Paschasie de Dijon, martyre, (Natalice au 2ème siècle)
Tu offris l’hospitalité à saint Bénigne,*
L’apôtre béni de la terre de Bourgogne,*
Et lorsqu’il fut mis à mort pour l’amour du Christ,*
Tu as été condamnée à être brûlée.*
Sainte Paschasie, prie Dieu pour notre salut!

Troparion in the 3rd tone to St Pascasia of Dijon, martyr (+ 2nd c)
You offered hospitality to St Benignus,
The blessed apostle to the land of Burgundy,
And when he was put to death for the love of Christ,
You were condemned to be burned.
St Paschasia, pray to God for our salvation!


Ton 4 Tropaire à saint Vaneng, serviteur du Christ, (Natalice en 688 A.D.)

Ami de saint Ouen, archevêque de Rouen,*
Et de saint Vandrille, higoumène à Fontenelles,*
Tu gouvernas justement la région de Caux,*
Et tu bâtis le monastère de Fécamp*
Où tu terminas ta vie comme serviteur.*
Saint Vaneng, prie le Seigneur de sauver nos âmes!

Troparion in the 4th tone to St Vaneng, servant of Christ (+688)
Friend of St Ouen, archbishop of Rouen,
And of St Wandregisilus, abbot of Fontenelles,
You governed the region of Caux justly,
And you built the monastery of Fécamp
Where you ended your life as a servant.
St Vaneng, pray to the Lord to save our souls!

Holy mothers and fathers of the Church, pray to God for us.
Posted by: anna | January 21, 2012

troparia for 8 January

Today (8 January) in the calendar of early western saints and with the troparia provided at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes, we commemorate SS Severinus, Peggy of Crowland, Gudulaand Lucian of Beauvais.Ton 2 Tropaire à saint Séverin, apôtre du Norique, (natalice en 482 A.D.)
Tu naquis en Orient où tu vécus en ermite,*
Puis tu vins en Occident pour y apporter*
La Lumière de l’Evangile du Seigneur.*
Tu apportas le Christ aux païens du Danube,*
Et tu devins ainsi l’apôtre du Norique.*
Saint Séverin, prie Dieu pour qu’Il sauve nos âmes!
Troparion in the 2nd tone to St Severinus, apostle of Noricum (+ 482)

You were born in the East, where you lived as a hermit,

And then you went into the West in order to bring to it

The Light of the Gospel of the Lord.

You brought Christ to the pagans of the Danube,

And so you became the apostle of Noricum.

St Severinus, pray to God that He save our souls!


Ton 3 Tropaire à sainte Peggy (Pègue), ermite (natalice en 719 A.D.)
Sur l’île de Crowland où vivait saint Guthlac,*
Tu allas t’établir pour vivre auprès de lui,*
Mais il ne te contacta qu’au temps de son trépas,*
Te promettant qu’au Ciel, vous seriez réunis.*
Tu vécus dans la prière, attendant le Christ,*
Sainte Peggy, implore le Seigneur pour nous!

Troparion in the 3rd tone to St Pega, hermit (+ 719)

To the island of Crowland where St Guthlac lived,

You went in order to live near to him,

But he did not contact you except at the time of his death,

Promising you that you would meet again in Heaven.

You lived in prayer, waiting for Christ.

St Pega, implore the Lord on our behalf!


Ton 5 Tropaire à saint Lucien de Beauvais, martyr (Natalice en 290 A.D.)
Venu depuis Rome pour prêcher l’Evangile,*
Tu parcourus la Gaule en semant le bon grain,*
Et tu t’installas dans la région de Beauvais,*
Où tu convertis un grand nombre de païens.*
Et tu donnas ta vie en martyr pour le Christ.*
Saint Lucien, prie-Le afin qu’Il sauve nos âmes!

Troparion in the 5th tone to St Lucian of Beauvais, martyr (+ 290)

Coming from Rome to preach the Gospel,

You travelled througout Gaul sowing th good seed,

And you settled in the region of Beauvais

Where you converted a great number of pagans,

And you gave your life in martyrdom for Christ.

St Lucian, pray to Him in order that He save our souls!

Holy mothers and fathers of the Church, pray to God for us.
Posted by: anna | January 20, 2012

St Tillo of Tournai – 7 January

Today (7 January) we commemorate St Théau (Till, Tillo, Tyllo, Tilloine, Tilman, Tillon, Thielman). Tillo was a Saxon sold into slavery. He was redeemed by St Eligius, who sent him to be educated at the Benedictine monastery of Selignac. He was ordained a priest (by Eligius?) and went as a missionary to Tournai (Belgium). He later became a hermit, but like many who attempted to draw near to God by drawing apart from the world in an eremitic life, he attracted followers and disciples.

Ton 8 Tropaire à saint Théau, Apôtre de Tournai, (Natalice en 702 A.D.)
Jeune Saxon païen, et vendu comme esclave,*
La Grâce te fit racheter par saint Eloi,*
Il te libéra, te baptisa, te fit prêtre,*
Et par lui, tu devins apôtre de Tournai,*
Puis solitaire tu attiras des disciples.*
Saint Théau, esclave du Christ, prie Dieu pour nous!

Troparion in the 8th tone to St Tillo, Apostle of Tournai (+702)
You were a young pagan Saxon, sold as a slave,
By the grace of God you were redeemed by St Eligius;
He freed you, baptised you, made you a priest,
And through him, you became an apostle to Tournai.
Then, as a solitary, you attracted disciples.
St Tillo, slave of Christ, pray to God for us!

troparion source: Acathistes et offices orthodoxes

Posted by: anna | January 16, 2012

troparia for 3 January

Today (3 January) in the calendar of early western saints and with the troparia provided at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes, we commemorate SS Genevieve of Paris, Bertilla and Anterus.

Ton 4 Tropaire à sainte Geneviève de Paris, (Natalice en 512 A.D.)
Tu fus bénie par le saint hiérarque Germain,*
Pour mener une vie de vierge consacrée.*
Par tes prières tu éloignas Attila,*
Et le renom de ta sainteté fut si grand,*
Que saint Syméon Stylite te salua.*
Sainte Geneviève, prie pour notre salut!

Tone 4 Troparion to St Genevieve of Paris (+512)
You received the blessing of the holy hierarch Germain
To lead the lead of a consecrated virgin.
By your prayers you turned away Attila,
And your reputation for holiness became so great
That St Simeon Stylites sent you greetings.
St Genevieve, pray for our salvation!

I have posted more about St Genevieve here and here, and today I thank her for the special grace of bringing M’sieu, who first introduced me to her, to visit from her own city of Paris on her feast day! I love when things like that happen. (And of course they would happen more often if I were better aware of the calendar…) What is it called? Not coincidence 🙂


Ton 2 Tropaire à sainte Bertille de Maroeuil, (Natalice en 687 A.D.)
Tu te destinais au Christ dès ton plus jeune âge*
Mais ayant dû te marier, tu as vécu*
Dans l’amour du Christ avec ton époux Guthland,*
Et lorsque tu fus veuve, tu te retiras*
En recluse près de l’église de Marœuil.*
Sainte Bertille, prie Dieu pour notre salut!

Tone 2 Troparion to St Bertilla of Maroeuil (+687)
You destined yourself for Christ from a very young age,
But, being required to marry, you lived
In the love of Christ with your husband Guthland,
And when you became a widow, you withdrew
Into seclusion near the church at Maroeuil.
St Bertilla, pray to God for our salvation!

This Bertilla is not to be confused with Bertilla, abbess of Chelles.


Ton 6 Tropaire à saint Antère, Pape orthodoxe martyr, (Natalice en 236 A.D.)
Venant d’Hellade, tu succédas à Pontien,*
Tu recueillis précieusement les saints actes,*
Des martyrs qui donnèrent leurs vies pour le Christ,*
Et tu thésaurisas leurs reliques sacrées.*
Ô saint Antère, gloire de l’Orthodoxie,*
Prie le Seigneur qu’Il ait de nous grande mercy!

Tone 6 Troparion to St Anterus, Orthodox Pope and martyr (+236)
Native of Greece, you succeeded Pontian.
You carefully collected the holy acts
Of the martyrs who had given their lives for Christ,
And gathered together their holy relics.
O St Anterus, glory of Orthodoxy,
Pray to the Lord that He have great mercy on us!

Holy mothers and fathers of the Church, pray to God for us.
Posted by: anna | January 8, 2012

St Tathai of Glamorgan – 26 Dec

Today (26 December) in the calendar of early western saints we commemorate St Tathai (Meuthin, Tathan, Tahai, Tathaeus, Tathar, Athaeus) of Glamorgan (Wales), hermit and abbot. From celt-saints
‘5th century or early 6th century. Nephew of Saint Samson of Dol, this Irish saint planted himself in the land of Wales, first as a hermit, where he founded a church at Glamorganshire and bore good fruit. His monastery at Llantathan, named after him, was one of the most famous schools in Wales. From there he went to Caerwent (Gwent), where he founded another monastic school that produced the great Celtic scholar, Saint Cadoc.
‘According to his vita, Tathai was famous as a miracle-worker and as the “Father of all Gwent, he was the defender of the woodland… no one was more generous in the West for receiving guests and giving them hospitality.” Both Caerwent and Llantathan claim to be the place where he died (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Montague).’
More about the Vita and sources from Baring-Gould & Fisher, vol. IV. 
Troparion of St Tathai tone 8
Teacher of true piety and blessed adornment of Christ’s Church, O Father Tathai:/ as thou didst serve Wales with thy tireless endeavours, teach us, O Saint, the virtues of unshakeable stability and loyalty to the true Faith,/ that at the end Christ our God will grant great mercy to our souls.

another troparion
Ton 3 Tropaire à saint Tathai, higoumène, (Natalice au 5ème siècle) (source)
Fils de l’Hibernie et neveu de saint Samson,*
Tu fus d’abord ermite au Pays de Galles,*
Puis tu fondas le monastère d’où sortit*
L’érudit de l’Eglise Celte saint Cadoc.*
Thaumaturge à l’instar de ton Maître le Christ,*
Saint Tathai, prie-Le afin qu’Il sauve nos âmes!

my translation
Troparion in Tone 3 to St Tathai, abbot (+5th c)
Born in Ireland, nephew of St Samson,
You were at first a hermit in Wales;
You then founded the monastery whence came
St Cadoc, scholar of the Celtic Church.
Miracle-worker after the example of Christ your Master,
St Tathai, pray to Him that He save our souls!

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