St. Charitina of Amisus


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Commemorated on October 5

The Martyr Charitina of Rome was orphaned in childhood and raised like a daughter by the pious Christian Claudius. The young woman was very pretty, sensible, kind and fervent in faith. She imparted her love for Christ to others, and she converted many to the way of salvation.

During the time of persecutions under Emperor Diocletian (284-305), St. Charitina was subjected to horrible torments for her strong confession of the Lord Jesus Christ. She died a martyr’s death in the year 304.

Troparion (Tone 4) –

Your lamb Charitina,

calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:

“I love You, my Bridegroom,

and in seeking You, I endure suffering.

In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You,

and I died so that I might live with You.

Accept me as a pure sacrifice,

for I have offered myself in love.”

Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Tone 2) –

Having fortified your soul with faith and strengthened by understanding

you openly put the enemy to shame, O Charitina;

you stood before Christ wearing a robe empurpled by your blood, All-Blessed One,

and now you rejoice with the angels, praying for us, O passion-bearer.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)