Viewing the torture as pleasure, running to the freezing lake as to warm comforts, the holy Martyrs said to one another: "Let us not shrink from the winter weather, so that we may escape the fiery Gehenna. Let our feet be burnt so they can dance forever. Let our hands drop off, so we may lift them to the Lord. And let us have no pity for our mortal nature. Let us choose death, so that we may wear the crowns of victory that are given by Christ God, the Savior of our souls (Sticheron of Festal Vespers).
O medaled Martyrs of Christ, you make the preeminent Fast more cheerful, with the commemoration of your glorious contest. Being forty in number, you sanctify the forty-day fast of Lent, for you imitated the saving Passion of Christ, by your contest for His sake. Therefore, since you have confidence before Him, intercede for us, that we may peacefully reach the third-day Resurrection of our God and Savior of our souls (Doxastikon of Festal Matins).
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