Our righteous Mother Euphrosyne, who lived during the reign of Saint Theodosius
the Younger (408-450), was the daughter of Paphnutius of Egypt. Forsaking
her father and his wealth, she renamed herself Smaragdus, and pretending
to be a eunuch of the imperial palace, she dressed herself as a man
and entered a monastery of men where her identity remained unknown
until her repose thirty-eight years later.
Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone:
In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking
up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst
teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend
to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Euphrosyne,
thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
Kontakion in the Second Tone:
Desiring to reach the life on high, thou earnestly didst spurn every
vain and fleeting pleasure here below and didst live among men as
if a man, O all-famed Euphrosyne, since for Christ thy Bridegroom's
sake thou forsookest a bridegroom that was temporal.
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