St Christodoulos, Wonderworker of Patmos
St Savinos the Martyr of Egypt

March 16

St Christodoulos, who was from the region of Nicaea of Bithynia, was the son of Theodore and Anna, and was given the name John. He assumed the monastic habit in his youth and was renamed Christodoulos ("slave of Christ" in Greek). At first, he lived the ascetical life in various places, then he received permission and monetary aid from the Emperor Alexis I Comnenos (reigned 1081-1118 AD), and built on the island of Patmos a church and monastery named in honour of St John the Evangelist. These buildings stand to this day. However, when the Arabs attacked that place, he fled with his disciples and went to Euboia (Euripus), where also he completed the course of his life about the end of the eleventh century on the 16th of March. The disciples of this righteous man took his sacred incorrupt remains and transferred them to his own monastery, where they repose to this day for the sanctification of those who have recourse to them with faith.

The holy Martyr Savinos (Sabine) was from Hermopolis in Egypt, and was known for his zeal and piety. During the persecution of Diocletian, he concealed himself with other Christians in a small dwelling outside the city. However, when he was discovered, and professed his faith in Christ, he was taken before Arian the Governor, and after he had been tortured, he was drowned in the river.

Dismissal Hymn for St Christodoulos (First Tone)

Let us, O brethren, honour godly Christodoulos, offspring of Nicea, protector of Patmos and boast of monks. Let us venerate his relics and so receive healing of soul and body, and cry out with hymns, "Glory to Him Who has strengthened you; glory to Him Who has crowned you; glory to Him Who through your works healings for all".

Dismissal Hymn for St Savinos (First Tone)

Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for You received the prize of the crowns of perfection and life from You, our immortal God. For since he possessed Your strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion of St Christodoulos (Fourth Tone)

Since we possess your relics as a holy place of healing for all our diseases and afflictions, we are redeemed and cry aloud to you, "Rejoice, O Christodoulos".

Kontakion of St Savinos (Second Tone)

The sail of the Spirit guided you into the Water of Life and Goodness, when you was cast into the river, O praiseworthy Savinos. By your prayers you are raining down upon us the forgiveness of our sins.