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Saints Timothy and Maura

Com­mem­o­rat­ed on May 3

Saints Tim­o­thy and Mau­ra suf­fered for the faith dur­ing the time of per­se­cu­tion under the emper­or Dio­clet­ian (284−305). Saint Tim­o­thy came from the vil­lage of Per­a­pa (Egypt­ian The­baid), and was the son of a priest by the name of Pikol­pos­sos. He was made a read­er among the church cler­gy and like­wise a keep­er and copy­ist of Divine-ser­vice books. Saint Tim­o­thy came under denun­ci­a­tion that he was a keep­er of Chris­t­ian books, which by order of the emper­or were to be con­fis­cat­ed and burned. They brought Saint Tim­o­thy before the gov­er­nor Ari­an, who demand­ed him to hand over the cler­gy books. For his refusal to obey the com­mand, they sub­ject­ed the saint to hor­ri­ble tor­tures. They shoved into his ears two red-hot iron rods, from which the suf­fer­er lost his eye­sight and became blind. Saint Tim­o­thy brave­ly endured the pain and he gave thanks to God, for grant­i­ng him to suf­fer for Him. The tor­tur­ers hung up the saint head down­wards, putting in his mouth a piece of wood, and they tied an heavy stone to his neck. The suf­fer­ing of Saint Tim­o­thy was so extreme, that the very ones exe­cut­ing the tor­ment began to implore the gov­er­nor to ease up on the tor­ture. And about this time they informed Ari­an, that Tim­o­thy had a young wife by the name of Mau­ra, whom he had mar­ried a mere 20 days before. Ari­an gave orders to bring Mau­ra, hop­ing, that with her present they could break the will of the mar­tyr. At the request of Mau­ra, they removed the piece of wood from the mouth of the mar­tyr, so that he could speak. Saint Tim­o­thy urged his wife not to be afraid of the tor­tures and to go the path with him. Saint Mau­ra answered: “I am pre­pared to die with thee”, – and bold­ly she con­fessed her­self a Chris­t­ian. Ari­an gave orders to tear out the hair from her head and to cut off the fin­gers from her hands. Saint Mau­ra with joy under­went the tor­ment and even thanked the gov­er­nor for the tor­ture, suf­fered in the redemp­tion of sins. Then Ari­an gave orders to throw Saint Mau­ra into a boil­ing caul­dron, but she did not sense any pain and she remained unharmed. Sus­pect­ing that the ser­vants out of sym­pa­thy for the mar­tyress had filled the caul­dron with cold water, Ari­an went up and ordered the saint to splash him on the hand with water from the caul­dron. When the mar­tyr did this, Ari­an screamed with pain and drew back his scauld­ed hand. Then, momen­tar­i­ly admit­ting the pow­er of the mir­a­cle, Ari­an con­fessed God in Whom Mau­ra believed as the True God, and he gave orders to release the saint. But the dev­il still held great pow­er over the gov­er­nor, and soon he again began to urge Saint Mau­ra to offer sac­ri­fice to the pagan gods. Hav­ing got­ten nowhere, Ari­an was over­come all the more by a satan­ic rage and he began to come up with new tor­tures. Then the peo­ple began to mur­mur and demand a stop to the abuse of this inno­cent woman. But Saint Mau­ra, turn­ing to the peo­ple, said: “Let no one defend me, I have one Defend­er – God, on Whom I trust”.

Final­ly, after long tor­ments Ari­an gave orders to cru­ci­fy the mar­tyrs. Over the course of ten days they hung on cross­es face to face with each other.

On the tenth day of mar­tyr­dom the saints offered up their souls to the Lord. This occurred in the year 286. After­wards at Con­stan­tino­ple there began solemn cel­e­bra­tion of the mem­o­ry of the holy Mar­tyrs Tim­o­thy and Mau­ra, and a church was built in their honour.

© 1996–2001 by trans­la­tor Fr. S. Janos.

Holy Mar­tyred Nun Pela­gia, Tropar­i­on, in Tone IV —
Thy ewe-lamb Pela­gia cri­eth out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus: “I love Thee, O my Bride­groom, and, seek­ing Thee, I pass through many strug­gles: I am cru­ci­fied and buried with Thee in Thy bap­tism, and suf­fer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; I die for Thee that I might live with Thee. As an unblem­ished sac­ri­fice accept me, who sac­ri­fice myself with love for Thee By her sup­pli­ca­tions save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.

Kon­takion, Tone III —
Dis­dain­ing tran­si­to­ry things, hav­ing become a par­tak­er of the good things of heav­en and received a crown for thy suf­fer­ing, O most hon­ored Pela­gia, thou didst bring the tor­rents of thy blood as a gift to Christ the Mas­ter. Pray thou, that He deliv­er from mis­for­tunes us who hon­or thy memory