The Holy Martyrs of China were native Chinese Orthodox Christians brought up
in piety at the Russian Orthodox Mission in Peking, which had been
funded in 1685. During the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 against the foreign
powers occupying China, native Chinese Christians were commanded by
the Boxers to renounce Christianity or be tortured to death. Two hundred
and twenty-two members of the Peking Mission, led by their priest Metrophanes
Tsi-Chung and his family, refused to deny Christ, and were deemed worthy
of a martyric death.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone:
Let us the flock of Christ with love and piety now glorify with hymns and truly
joyous odes the faithful Martyrs of the truth who suffered for Christ in
China. For having confessed the Faith, they all bravely went unto death as
lambs which were sacrificed for our Shepherd and Master Christ. And therefore
to the Martyrs we cry out: Remeber us all, who sing your praises.
Kontakion in the
The divine Metrophanes, the martyred shepherd, with his great and faithful
flock, have hallowed China with their blood; wherefore we praise them with
sacred hymns, for they were faithful to Christ even unto death.
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