Skip to comments.Orthodox Feast of St. Nikitas the Great Martyr, September 15
Posted on 09/14/2005 3:30:48 PM PDT by Kolokotronis
Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
Destroying the might of error by thy firm resolve, and taking the crown of vict'ry through thy sufferings, O Nikitas, namesake of vict'ry, thou rejoicest with angel-kind, and with them, O glorious one, thou ceaselessly prayest Christ God for us all.
The Holy Great Martyr Nikitas was a Goth (a Germanic tribe). He was born and lived on the banks of the Danube River, and suffered for Christ in the year 372. The Christian Faith was then already widely spread throughout the territory of the Goths. St. Nikitas believed in Christ and accepted Baptism from the Gothic bishop Theophilus, a participant in the First Ecumenical Council. Pagan Goths began to oppose the spread of Christianity, which resulted in internecine strife.
After the victory of Fritigern, heading a Christian army and inflicting defeat on the pagan Athanaric, the Christian Faith began to spread increasingly among the Goths. The Arian bishop Ulfilas, the successor to Bishop Theophilus, created a Gothic alphabet and translated into the Gothic language many priestly books. St. Nikitas worked intensely among his fellow Goths at spreading Christianity. By his personal example and inspired words he brought many pagans to the Christian Faith.
However, after his defeat Athanaric again contrived to gather his own forces, return to his own country and regain his former power. Since he remained a pagan, he continued to hate Christians and persecute them.
St. Nikitas endured many tortures, and died after being thrown into a fire. His body remained unharmed by the fire and was illumined by a miraculous light. By night, a friend of the martyr, a Christian named Marianus, retrieved the body of St. Nikitas,and buried it in Cilicia. Afterwards, it was transferred to Constantinople. Part of the relics of the Great Martyr Nikitas were later transferred to the monastery of Vysokie Dechani in Serbia. St. Nikitas received an unfading crown of glory from Christ in the year 372.
We pray to St. Nikitas for the preservation of children from birth defects.
Synaxarion courtesy of The OCA Apolytikion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA Kontakion courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA
Great Martyr ping.
This is a perfect post for me today as we are dealing with a (mild) birth defect that is causing my son problems right now.
Thank you for posting it.
St. Nikitas, pray for my son.