7th of July,
St. Kyriaki the Great Martyr.
Matins & Divine Liturgy from 8-10am.
St. Kyriaki was born in Nicomedia to Greek parents Dorotheus and Eusebia. They were devout Christians, wealthy but childless. Unceasing in prayer they obtained a child and since she was born on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, she was given the name Kyriaki, the Greek word for Sunday.
She was a beautiful young woman, many suitors asked for her hand in marriage, but she refused them all because she had dedicated herself to God.
A magistrate of Nicomedia also wished to betroth Kyriaki to his son, especially since she came from a wealthy family, but when she rejected his proposal, he denounced Kyriaki and her parents as Christians to Emperor Diocletian.
Kyriaki and her parents were tortured for their faith and eventually St. Kyriaki was martyred for her Christian faith. At the time of her death, she was 21 years old.
Happy Nameday to those who celebrate