This Martyr was in the service of Pontius Pilate at the time of Christ our Saviour's
Passion. While standing guard at the Cross and beholding the earthquake
and all that came to pass, he cried out with fear, "Truly this was the Son of God" (Matt. 27:54). After the Resurrection, he forsook the military and departed
for Cappadocia, his homeland, where he preached Christ. By the agency
of Pontius Pilate, Tiberius Caesar had him arrested and beheaded.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone:
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.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone:
With great joy the Church of Christ today rejoiceth on the festive
memory of blest Longinus, the all-famed and godly prizewinner. And
she doth cry out: O Christ, my foundation and might art Thou.
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