St Isidore the Martyr of Chios
Commemorated May 14
St Isidore was a soldier from Alexandria. He came with the Roman fleet to Chios, where he was betrayed as a Christian to Numerian, Commander of the Fleet. Because he boldly professed himself to worship Christ as God and refused to worship any other, he was tormented and beheaded in 251 AD, during the reign of Decius.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
Your Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contested for You and received the prize of the crowns of incorruption 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 (Fourth Tone)
In your holy prayers to God, you have shone brightly, a great guide for all the world. Therefore, we praise you on this day, O Saint, you Martyr of godly mind and boast of Chios, O glorious Isidore.