† Holy Martyr Charitina of Amissos (304)
Charitina was the handmaid (according to the Great Horologion) or adopted daughter (according to the Prologue) of an eminent Roman citizen named Claudius, during the reign of Diocletian. She was betrayed as a Christian to the governor Dometian, before whom she fearlessly confessed her faith. After she had endured many cruel tortures, the governor sent some dissolute youths to rape her. Having prayed to be spared this dishonour, she was permitted to give up her soul to God.
This Feast of the Hierarchs of
Moscow was established during the reign of Tsar Theodore and Patriarch Job in
the year 1596. All of them are commemorated individually as well as on this
day. Only Sts Peter, Alexis, Jonas and Philip are specifically mentioned in the
Menaion service, but other holy hierarchs of
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