Sfântul Mucenic Ermie: Viaţa şi troparul (31 Mai)

Pomenirea sfântului mucenic Ermie, prăznuit la 31 Mai.

Sfântul Mucenic Ermie

Sfântul Si slăvitul mucenic Ermie (Herma) era un soldat în armata romană, mare la stat fiind şi cărunt de bătrâneţe, care a petrecut ani buni de viaţă ostăşească la Comana, în Pont.

Iar în zilele împăratului Antonin cel Pios (138-161), încetând el din ostasie, a refuzat orice soldă cuvenită şi a mărturisit credinţa sa în Hristos Domnul. Şi fiind prins pentru mărturisirea credinţei în Hristos şi adus înaintea guvernatorului Sebastian, a fost supus la multe şi grele chinuri pentru că nu a vrut să aducă jertfe zeilor şi împaratului, din care rămânând nevătămat, a atras la credinţa în Hristos şi pe vrăjitorul cel pus să-l ucidă cu otrăvuri. Acestuia pentru că a mărturisit pe Hristos Dumnezeu, i s-a tăiat capul; iar sfântul a fost şi mai rău chinuit, iar la sfârşit tăindu-i-se capul, s-a mutat către Domnul.

Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἑρμείας ὁ Μάρτυρας

Ὁ Ἅγιος Μάρτυς Ἑρμείας καταγόταν ἀπὸ τὰ Κόμανα τῆς Καππαδοκίας καὶ ἄθλησε κατὰ τοὺς χρόνους τοῦ αὐτοκράτορος Μάρκου Αὐρηλίου τοῦ Ἀντωνίνου (138 – 161 μ.Χ.). Ὑπηρετώντας ὡς στρατιώτης στὶς Ρωμαϊκὲς λεγεῶνες, κατὰ τὸ διωγμὸ ποὺ κινήθηκε τότε ἐναντίον τῶν Χριστιανῶν, διεβλήθη καὶ αὐτὸς ὡς Χριστιανός, συνελήφθη δὲ καὶ ὁδηγήθηκε ἐνώπιον τοῦ δούκα Σεβαστιανοῦ, ἐξαναγκαζόμενος νὰ θυσιάσει στὰ εἴδωλα. Ὁ Ἑρμείας ἀρνήθηκε νὰ ὑπακούσει καὶ ἐξ αἰτίας αὐτοῦ τοῦ συνέτριψαν τὶς σιαγόνες, τοῦ ἔγδαραν τὸ δέρμα τοῦ προσώπου, τοῦ ἔσπασαν τοὺς ὀδόντες καὶ τὸν ἔριξαν σὲ ἀναμμένο καμίνι.
Ἀφοῦ ἐξῆλθε ἀβλαβὴς ἀπὸ τὰ μαρτύρια αὐτά, ποτίστηκε μὲ ἰσχυρότατο δηλητήριο. Ἀλλὰ καὶ ἀπὸ τὴ δοκιμασία αὐτὴ ἐξῆλθε ἀβλαβής, καὶ ἔγινε πρόξενος μεταστροφῆς πρὸς τὸν Χριστὸ τοῦ μάγου ποὺ τοῦ χορήγησε αὐτό. Γι’ αὐτὸ τὸν λόγο ὁ μάγος ἀποκεφαλίσθηκε, ὅπως καὶ πολλοὶ ἄλλοι εἰδωλολάτρες. Ὑποβλήθηκε σὲ σειρὰ νέων βασανιστηρίων, τέθηκε ἐντὸς ζέοντος ἐλαίου καὶ τυφλώθηκε, στὴ συνέχεια δὲ ἐπὶ τρεῖς ἡμέρες, ἀφοῦ κρεμάσθηκε σὲ δένδρο, τελειώθηκε διὰ ἀποκεφαλισμοῦ. Ἀξιώθηκε ἔτσι τοῦ μαρτυρικοῦ στεφάνου.

Ἀπολυτίκιο. Ἦχος δ’. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Χριστῷ στρατευσάμενος, τῷ Βασιλεῖ τοῦ παντός, γενναίως διέκοψας, τὰς παρατάξεις ἐχθρῶν, Ἑρμεία πανένδοξε· σὺ γὰρ ἐγκαρτερήσας, πολυτρόποις αἰκίαις, ἤθλησας ἐν τῷ γήρᾳ, ὡς τοῦ Λόγου ὁπλίτης· ᾧ πρέσβευε Ἀθλοφόρε, σώζεσθαι ἅπαντας.

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος γ’. Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον.
Τοῦ Χριστοῦ τὸ ὄνομα, ὁμολογήσας εὐτόνως, καὶ σφοδρῶν κολάσεων, ὑπενεγκὼν τὰς ὀδύνας, ᾔσχυνας, τῶν παρανόμων τὰς ἐπινοίας· ἔδειξας, τῆς εὐσεβείας πᾶσι τὸ κράτος· διὰ τοῦτό σε Ἑρμεία, ὁ Ἀθλοθέτης Λόγος ἐδόξασε.

Μεγαλυνάριον.
Ὅπλοις ἀληθείας περιφραχθείς, κάθεῖλες τοῦ ψεύδους, Ἀθλοφόρε τὸν εὑρετήν, ἐν γήρᾳ νεάζον, ψυχῆς φρόνημα φέρων, καὶ ἤθλησας νομίμως, Ἑρμεία ἔνδοξε.

Apostle Hermas of the Seventy

Commemorated on May 31

The Holy Apostle Hermas was a bishop in Philippopolis, Thrace. He was a Greek, but he spent some time in Rome. The holy Apostle Paul greets him in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom 16:14). The Apostle Hermas endured much grief from the pagans for preaching the Gospel, but he died in peace.

According to Tradition, St Hermas is the author of THE SHEPHERD, an instructive book based on revelations from angels.

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