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Απολυτίκιο της Αγ. Γλυκερίας – 13 ΜΑΙΟΥ / TROPARUL ŞI VIAŢA SF. GLICHERIA – 13 MAI (GREEK, ROMANIAN, ENGLISH)

Απολυτίκιο της Αγ. Γλυκερίας – 13 ΜΑΙΟΥ

TROPARUL ŞI VIAŢA SF. GLICHERIA 

13 MAI

Pomenirea sfintei muceniţe Glicheria.

GlicheriaAceasta a trăit în zilele împăratului Antonin şi a guvernatorului Savin, în cetatea Traianopolei. Şi aducând guvernatorul jertfă idolilor în cetate, sfânta a făcut semnul cinstitei cruci pe frunte, şi a mers la guvernator, declarând că este creştină şi roaba lui Hristos. Şi îndemnând-o guvernatorul ca să jertfească, ea a intrat în capişte şi, făcând rugăciune către Dumnezeu, a surpat idolul lui Dia şi l-a zdrobit. Iar păgânii ce erau acolo aruncau cu pietre asupra ei şi nu o ajungeau. De aceea au spânzurat-o de cosiţe şi au strujit-o şi au pus-o în temniţă, dându-se poruncă să nu i se dea mâncare multe zile. Dar ea primind hrană prin înger, nici un rău n-a pătimit; şi intrând la dânsa în temniţă şi găsind o strachină şi pâine şi lapte şi apă, cu toate că temniţa era încuiată s-au îngrozit guvernatorul şi cei ce erau cu el. După aceea a fost supusă la multe felurite chinuri şi rămânând nevătămată, a făcut pe temnicerul Laodichie să se cutremure şi să mărturisească pe Hristos, pentru care i s-a tăiat capul. Iar sfânta a fost dată la fiare şi aşa şi-a dat sufletul la Dumnezeu, şi se îngropară sfintele ei moaşte în Iraclia Traciei.

Ἡ Ἁγία Γλυκερία ἡ Μάρτυς

Ημ. Εορτής:13 ΜαΐουΗμ. Γέννησης: Ημ. Κοιμήσεως: Ημ. Ανακομιδής Λειψάνων: Πολιούχος: Λοιπές πληροφορίες: Εορταζόμενο όνομα:ΓλυκερίαἩ Ἁγία Μάρτυς Γλυκερία γεννήθηκε στὴν Τραϊανούπολη τὸν 2οαἰώνα μ.Χ., ὅταν αὐτοκράτορας ἦταν ὁ Ἀντωνίνος ὁ Εὐσεβὴς (138 – 161 μ.Χ.). Ὁ πατέρας της ὀνομαζόταν Μακάριος καὶ εἶχε διατελέσει ὕπατος. Σὲ μικρὴ ἡλικία ἀσπάσθηκε τὸν Χριστιανισμὸ καὶ ἀνέπτυξε ἔντονη χριστιανικὴ καὶ κατηχητικὴ δράση. Ὅταν πληροφορήθηκε τὸ γεγονὸς ὁ ἡγεμόνας Σαβίνος, τὴν κάλεσε νὰ παρουσιασθεῖ μπροστά του. Μὲ μεγάλη προθυμία ἡ Ἁγία ἐμφανίσθηκε σὲ ἐκεῖνον, ἔχοντας σημειώσει στὸ μέτωπό της τὸν Τίμιο Σταυρὸ καὶ δὲν δίστασε νὰ ὁμολογήσει μὲ παρρησία καὶ σθένος τὴν πίστη της στὸν Σωτήρα καὶ Λυτρωτὴ Ἰησοῦ Χριστό.

Ὅταν ὁ ἡγεμόνας κάλεσε τὴν Ἁγία νὰ θυσιάσει στὰ εἴδωλα, αὐτὴ ἀρνήθηκε καὶ ὁμολόγησε τὴν πίστη της στὸν Χριστό. Ἀκολούθως προσευχήθηκε στὸν Θεὸ λέγοντας: «Ὁ Θεός, ὁ Παντοκράτορας, Σὺ πού δοξάζεσαι μὲ τὸ Σταυρὸ τοῦ Χριστοῦ Σου ἀπὸ τοὺς δούλους Σου, Σὺ ποὺ ἐμφανίσθηκες στοὺς Ὁσίους Σου παῖδες καὶ τοὺς γλύτωσες ἀπὸ ἀναμμένο καμίνι, Σὺ ποὺ ἔκλεισες τὰ στόματα τῶν λιονταριῶν καὶ ἀνέδειξες νικητὴ τὸν δοῦλο Σου Δανιήλ, Σὺ ποὺ κατέστρεψες τὸν Βάαλ καὶ ἐξόντωσες τὸν δράκοντα καὶ συνέτριψες τὴ διαβολικὴ εἰκόνα (τοῦ βασιλέως Ναβουχοδονόσορ), Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, τὸ ἄμωμο καὶ ἄκακο ἀρνίον τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἔλα σὲ ἐμένα τὴν ταπεινὴ καὶ συνέτριψε τὸν δαίμονα (τὸν Δία) ποὺ δημιουργήθηκε μὲ τὴν ἀνθρώπινη τέχνη καὶ διασκόρπισε τὴν κακή τους θυσία». Ἀμέσως μετὰ τὴν προσευχὴ ἔγινε βροντὴ μεγάλη καὶ ἔπεσε τὸ ἄγαλμα τοῦ Δία καὶ συντρίφθηκε, γιατί ἦταν πέτρινο.

Ὅταν ὁ ἡγεμόνας καὶ οἱ εἰδωλολάτρες ἱερεῖς εἶδαν νὰ συντρίβεται τὸ ἄγαλμα τοῦ θεοῦ τους, γεμάτοι ἀπὸ ὀργή, ἔδωσαν τὴν ἐντολὴ νὰ πεθάνει ἡ Γλυκερία μὲ λιθοβολισμό. Ἀμέσως τὰ πλήθη τῶν εἰδωλολατρῶν ὅρμησαν μανιασμένα καὶ ἄρχισαν νὰ λιθοβολοῦν τὴν Ἁγία. Οἱ πέτρες ὅμως ἔπεφταν δίπλα της χωρὶς καθόλου νὰ τὴν ἀγγίζουν. Οἱ εἰδωλολάτρες βλέποντας τὸ φαινόμενο καὶ μὴ ἀντιλαμβανόμενοι αὐτὴ τὴ δωρεὰ καὶ εὐεργεσία τοῦ Θεοῦ, νόμισαν ὅτι ἡ Ἁγία εἶναι μάγισσα καὶ γι’ αὐτὸ δὲν τὴν ἄγγιζαν οἱ πέτρες. Ἄρχισαν λοιπὸν νὰ τὴν βρίζουν.

Ὁ ἡγεμόνας παρεμβαίνοντας διέταξε νὰ τὴν βάλουν μέχρι τὸ πρωὶ τῆς ἑπόμενης ἡμέρας στὴ φυλακὴ καὶ νὰ τὴν ἀσφαλίσουν καλά, μήπως κάνοντας χρήση τῶν μαγικῶν της ἱκανοτήτων κατορθώσει νὰ φύγει καὶ ἔπειτα διαδώσει ὅτι τὴν βοήθησε ὁ Θεός της μὲ συνέπεια νὰ ἐξαπατήσει πολλούς.

Ἐκεῖ στὴν φυλακή, τὸ ἀπόγευμα τῆς ἴδιας ἡμέρας, ἐπισκέφθηκε τὴν Ἁγία ὁ Χριστιανὸς ἱερέας τῆς πόλεως, Φιλοκράτης, τὸν ὁποῖο ἡ Ἁγία παρακάλεσε νὰ τὴ σφραγίσει μὲ τὸ σημεῖο τοῦ Σταυροῦ.

Τὸ πρωὶ τῆς ἑπόμενης ἡμέρας ὁ ἡγεμόνας ᾖλθε στὸ δικαστήριο, γιὰ νὰ δικάσει καὶ τιμωρήσει παραδειγματικὰ τὴν Ἁγία Γλυκερία. Διέταξε λοιπὸν νὰ τὴν ὁδηγήσουν μπροστά του καὶ τὴν ρώτησε, ἐὰν θέλει νὰ θυσιάσει στὸν Δία. Τῆς ἐπέστησε δὲ τὴν προσοχὴ ὅτι σὲ περίπτωση ποὺ δὲν ἐπείθετο καὶ δὲν ὑπάκουε θὰ ἔδινε τὴν ἐντολὴ νὰ τὴν σκοτώσουν. Ἡ Ἁγία ἀρνήθηκε. Τότε ὁ ἡγεμόνας διέταξε νὰ τὴν κρεμάσουν ἀπὸ τὰ μαλλιὰ καὶ νὰ τῆς γδάρουν τὴν κεφαλή. Ἡ Ἁγία, καθὼς ἦταν κρεμασμένη, εὐχαριστοῦσε τὸν Θεό.

Ὅταν ὁ ἡγεμόνας ἀντιλήφθηκε ὅτι δὲν μπορεῖ νὰ κατισχύσει τῆς Ἁγίας Γλυκερίας, διέταξε νὰ ξεκρεμάσουν τὴν Μάρτυρα καὶ νὰ τῆς συντρίψουν τὸ πρόσωπο. Μόλις τελείωσε τὴν προσευχή της, οἱ ὑπηρέτες ἄρχισαν νὰ τὴν χτυποῦν. Ξαφνικὰ ὅμως ἐμφανίσθηκε Ἄγγελος Κυρίου καὶ παρέλυσε αὐτούς, οἱ ὁποῖοι ἔμειναν ἀποσβολωμένοι σὰν νεκροί. Τότε ὁ ἡγεμόνας διέταξε νὰ μεταφερθεῖ ἡ Ἁγία καὶ πάλι στὴ φυλακὴ καὶ ἔδωσε τὴν ἐντολή, κανένας νὰ μὴν τῆς δώσει τροφή. Ἡ Ἁγία Γλυκερία γεμάτη χαρὰ καὶ δοξάζοντας τὸν Θεὸ ἐπανῆλθε στὴν φυλακή. Ὁ δεσμοφύλακάς της μὲ πολὺ σεβασμὸ καὶ φόβο τὴν κλείδωσε στὸ κελλί της. Ἡ Μεγαλομάρτυς εὐχαρίστησε τὸν Θεό.

Ἀπὸ τότε πέρασε ἱκανὸς χρόνος κατὰ τὸν ὁποῖο ἡ Ἁγία ἦταν πάντα κλεισμένη μέσα στὴ φυλακὴ καὶ δοξολογοῦσε τὸν Θεό, ἐνῷ Ἄγγελοι ἔφερναν τροφὴ σὲ αὐτήν.

Κάποτε ὁ ἡγεμόνας ἐπρόκειτο νὰ μεταβεῖ στὴν Ἡράκλεια. Τότε σκέφθηκε νὰ περάσει καὶ ἀπὸ τὴν φυλακή, γιὰ νὰ δεῖ τί γίνεται ἡ Γλυκερία καὶ ἂν εἶναι σὲ θέση νὰ τὸν ἀκολουθήσει στὴν Ἡράκλεια. Ὅταν ὅμως ἔφθασε στὴ φυλακὴ καὶ εἶδε τὴν πόρτα σφραγισμένη, νόμισε ὅτι εἶχε ἤδη πεθάνει ἡ Ἁγία. Ἀλλὰ μόλις ἄνοιξε ἡ πόρτα διαπίστωσε ὅτι ἡ Ἁγία ἦταν λυμένη καὶ δίπλα της ὑπῆρχε ἕνα πινάκιο μὲ γάλα καὶ ψωμὶ καὶ ἕνα δοχεῖο μὲ νερό. Γεμάτος ἔκπληξη ὁ ἡγεμόνας καὶ μὴ γνωρίζοντας ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ἔτρεφε τὴν Ἁγία, τὴν ἔβγαλε ἀπὸ τὴν φυλακή.

Μετὰ ἀπὸ αὐτά, πῆρε ὁ ἡγεμόνας τὴν Ἁγία καὶ κατευθύνθηκε πρὸς τὴν Ἡράκλεια. Ὅταν οἱ Χριστιανοὶ τῆς Ἡράκλειας ἄκουσαν γιὰ τὴν ἀθληφόρο τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ ὅτι τὴν ἔφερναν στὴν πόλη τους, ἔτρεξαν ὅλοι νὰ τὴν προϋπαντήσουν ἔχοντας ἐπικεφαλῆς τους τὸν Ἐπίσκοπο τῆς πόλεως, Δομίτιο.

Τὸ πρωὶ τῆς ἑπομένης ἡμέρας ἡ ἡγεμόνας διέταξε νὰ προσαχθεῖ σὲ δίκη ἡ Ἁγία καὶ σὲ περίπτωση ποὺ καὶ πάλι θὰ ἀρνιόταν νὰ ὑπακούσει, νὰ τὴν ἔριχναν στὴ φωτιά. Ἡ Ἁγία καὶ πάλι ὁμολόγησε τὴν πίστη της στὸν Χριστό. Τότε ὁ ἡγεμόνας διέταξε νὰ ρίξουν τὴν Ἁγία μέσα σὲ καμίνι. Ὅταν ἑτοιμάσθηκε ἡ φωτιὰ μέσα στὸ καμίνι, ὥστε νὰ μὴν μπορεῖ νὰ τὸ πλησιάσει ἄνθρωπος, ἡ Ἁγία κάνοντας τὸ σημεῖο τοῦ Σταυροῦ σφράγισε τὸν ἑαυτό της καὶ προσευχήθηκε πρὸς τὸν Θεό. Μόλις τὴν ἔριξαν μέσα στὸ καμίνι, ἦλθε οὐράνια δροσιὰ καὶ ἔσβησε τὴ φλόγα τῆς φωτιᾶς.

Μετὰ ἀπὸ αὐτά, ὁ ἡγεμόνας θυμωμένος διέταξε νὰ τῆς γδάρουν τὸ κεφάλι μέχρι τὸ μέτωπο καὶ ἀφοῦ ἔδεσαν οἱ ὑπηρέτες χειροπόδαρα τὴν Ἁγία, ἔπρατταν κατὰ τῆς διαταγὲς τοῦ ἡγεμόνος. Ὁ ἡγεμόνας, μὴ ὑποφέροντας τὴν ψυχικὴ καὶ πνευματικὴ ἀντοχὴ τῆς Ἁγίας, διέταξε νὰ τὴν κλείσουν πάλι στὴν φυλακή. Ἐκεῖ διέταξε νὰ τὴν δέσουν χειροπόδαρα καὶ νὰ τὴν ξαπλώσουν πάνω σὲ κοφτερὲς πέτρες, γιὰ νὰ ὑποφέρει ἀφόρητα ὅταν ἤθελε νὰ μετακινηθεῖ δεξιὰ καὶ ἀριστερά. Καὶ οἱ ὑπηρέτες ἔκαναν ὅτι τοὺς διέταξε ὁ ἡγεμόνας. Κατὰ τὸ μεσονύκτιο ὅμως Ἄγγελος Κυρίου ἦλθε καὶ ἔλυσε τὴ Μάρτυρα ἀπὸ τὰ δεσμά της καὶ ἐπούλωσε τὰ τραύματα τοῦ προσώπου της, ὥστε νὰ καταστεῖ ἀπόλυτα ὑγιεῖς, χωρὶς κανένα σημάδι ἢ οὐλή, ὅπως δηλαδὴ τῆς τὸ εἶχε χαρίσει ὁ Θεός.

Τὸ ἑπόμενο πρωὶ ἦλθε ὁ ἡγεμόνας στὸ δικαστήριο καὶ διέταξε νὰ φέρουν μπροστά του τὴν Ἁγία. Ὅταν ὁ δεσμοφύλακας, ὀνόματι Λαοδίκιος, ἄνοιξε τὴν πόρτα τῆς φυλακῆς, βρῆκε τὴν Γλυκερία λυμένη καὶ ὑγιή, ὥστε δὲν τὴν ἀναγνώρισε. Ἡ Ἁγία ὅμως τοῦ εἶπε: «Μὴν κάνεις τίποτε καὶ λυπήσου τὸν ἑαυτό σου, ἐγὼ εἶμαι ἐκείνη ποὺ ζητᾶς».

Ὁ δεσμοφύλακας γεμάτος ἔκπληξη καὶ ἔντρομος ἔβγαλε τὴν Ἁγία ἀπὸ τὴν φυλακὴ καὶ ἀφοῦ δέθηκε ὁ ἴδιος μὲ τὰ δεσμὰ τῆς Μάρτυρος τὴν ἀκολούθησε στὸ βῆμα τοῦ ἡγεμόνα. Ἀντικρίζοντας αὐτὸ τὸ θέαμα ὁ ἡγεμόνας ρώτησε τὸν δεσμοφύλακα. Ἐκεῖνος τοῦ εἶπε τί ἀκριβῶς συνέβη. Ὁ ἄρχοντας ἔδωσε ἀμέσως ἐντολὴ καὶ οἱ στρατιῶτες ἀποκεφάλισαν τὸν Μάρτυρα. Τὸ λείψανό του τὸ πῆραν οἱ Χριστιανοὶ καὶ τὸ ἐνταφίασαν.

Στὴ συνέχεια ὁ ἡγεμόνας διέταξε νὰ ριχθεῖ ἡ Γλυκερία στὰ θηρία. Ἀλλὰ ἡ Μάρτυς ἀκούγοντας τὴν ἀπόφαση τοῦ ἡγεμόνα ἀντὶ νὰ πανικοβληθεῖ χάρηκε ὡς νὰ τῆς συνέβη κάτι τὸ εὐχάριστο.

Ἀφοῦ λοιπὸν ὁ ἡγεμόνας καὶ ὁ λαὸς πῆραν τὶς θέσεις τους στὸ στάδιο, ἔριξαν μέσα στὸν στίβο τὴν Ἁγία, ἡ ὁποία εἰσῆλθε χαρούμενη καὶ στάθηκε γαλήνια στὴν μέση τοῦ σταδίου περιμένοντας καὶ πάλι τὸν Χριστὸ ὡς βοηθό της. Ἒτσι ὁλοκληρώθηκε τὸ μαρτύριο τῆς Ἁγίας Γλυκερίας στὸ ὁποῖο ἀναδείχθηκε τέλεια στὴν ὁμολογία τῆς ἀλήθειας.
Τὸ ἱερὸ λείψανό της παρέλαβε ὁ Ἐπίσκοπος τῆς Ἡρακλείας Δομίτιος καὶ τὸ τοποθέτησε σὲ εὐπρεπὴ τόπο κοντὰ στὴν πόλη.
Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος γ’. Τὴν ὡραιότητα.
Τὴν καλλιπάρθενον, Χριστοῦ τιμήσωμεν, τὴν ἀριστεύσασαν, πόνοις ἀθλήσεως, καὶ ἀσθένειᾳ τῆς σαρκός, τὸν ὄφιν καταβαλοῦσαν· πόθῳ γὰρ τοῦ Κτίσαντος, τῶν βασάνων τὴν ἔφοδον, παρ’ οὐδὲν ἡγήσατο, καὶ θεόθεν δεδόξασται· πρὸς ἣν ἀναβοήσωμεν πάντες· χαίροις θεόφρον Γλυκερία.
Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος γ’. Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον.
Τὴν παρθένον στέργουσα, καὶ Θεοτόκον Μαρίαν, διετήρεις ἄφθορον, τὴν σεαυτῆς παρθενίαν· πόθῳ δέ, καρδιωθεῖσα τῷ τοῦ Κυρίου, ἤθλησας, ἀνδρειοφρόνως μέχρι θανάτου· διὰ τοῦτο Γλυκερία, διπλῷ στεφάνῳ, σὲ στέφει Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός.
Μεγαλυνάριον.
Μύρον πολυσύνθετον τῷ Χριστῷ, ἐξ ἁγνοίας πόνων, καὶ αἱμάτων τοῖς σταλαγμοῖς, προσενεγκαμένη, θεόφρον Γλυκερία, ἐν μύροις θεοβρύτοις, λαμπρῶς δεδόξασαι.

Virginmartyr Glyceria at Heraclea

Commemorated on May 13

Saint Glyceria suffered as a martyr for her faith in Christ in the second century, during a persecution against Christians under the emperor Antoninus (138-161). She came from an illustrious family, and her father Macarius was a high-ranking Roman official. Later, the family moved to the Thracian city of Trajanopolis.

St Glyceria lost both her father and mother at an early age. Falling in with Christians, she converted to the true Faith, and she visited the church every day. Sabinus, the prefect of Trajanopolis, received the imperial edict ordering Christians to offer sacrifice to the idols, and so he designated a certain day for the inhabitants of the city to worship the idol Zeus.

St Glyceria firmly resolved to suffer for Christ. She told the Christians of her intention, and she begged them to pray that the Lord would give her the strength to undergo the sufferings. On the appointed day St Glyceria made the Sign of the Cross on her forehead, and went into the pagan temple.

The saint stood on a raised spot in the rays of the sun, and removed the veil from her head, showing the holy Cross traced on her forehead. She prayed fervently to God to bring the pagans to their senses and destroy the stone idol of Zeus. Suddenly thunder was heard, and the statue of Zeus crashed to the floor and smashed into little pieces.

In a rage, the prefect Sabinus and the pagan priests commanded the people to pelt St Glyceria with stones, but the stones did not touch the saint. They locked St Glyceria in prison, where the Christian priest Philokrates came to her and encouraged the martyr in the struggle before her.

In the morning, when the tortures had started, suddenly an angel appeared in the midst of the torturers, and they fell to the ground, overcome with terror. When the vision vanished, Sabinus, who was hardly able to speak, ordered them to throw the saint into prison.

They shut the door securely and sealed it with the prefect’s own ring, so that no one could get in to her. While she was in prison, angels of God brought St Glyceria food and drink. Many days afterwards, Sabinus came to the prison and he himself removed the seal. Going in to the saint, he was shaken when he saw her alive and well.

Setting off for the city of Heraclea in Thrace, Sabinus gave orders to bring St Glyceria there also. The Christians of Heraclea came out to meet her with Bishop Dometius at their head, and he prayed that the Lord would strengthen the saint to endure martyrdom.

At Heraclea they cast St Glyceria into a red-hot furnace, but the fire was extinguished at once. Then the prefect, in a mindless fury, gave orders to rip the skin from St Glyceria’s head. Then they threw the martyr into prison onto sharp stones. She prayed incessantly, and at midnight an angel appeared in the prison and healed her of her wounds.

When the jailer Laodicius came for the saint in the morning, he did not recognize her. Thinking that the martyr had been taken away, he feared he would be punished for letting her escape. He wanted to kill himself, but St Glyceria stopped him. Shaken by the miracle, Laodicius believed in the true God, and he entreated the saint to pray that he might suffer and die for Christ with her.

„Follow Christ and you will be saved,” the holy martyr replied. Laodicius placed upon himself the chains with which the saint was bound, and at the trial he told the prefect and everyone present about the miraculous healing of St Glyceria by an angel, then he confessed himself a Christian.

The newly chosen one of God was beheaded by the sword. Christians secretly took up his remains, and reverently buried them. St Glyceria was sentenced to be eaten by wild beasts. She went to execution with great joy, but the lioness set loose upon the saint meekly crawled up to her and lay at her feet.

Finally, the saint prayed to the Lord, imploring that He take her unto Himself. In answer she heard a Voice from Heaven, summoning her to heavenly bliss. At that moment, another lioness was set loose upon the saint. It pounced upon the martyr and killed her, but did not tear her apart. Bishop Dometius and the Christians of Heraclea reverently buried the holy martyr Glyceria. She suffered for Christ around the year 177. Her holy relics were glorified with a flow of healing myrrh.

St Glyceria, whose name means „sweetness,” now rejoices in the unending sweetness of the heavenly Kingdom.


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