Saint Varus contested for the sake of Christ during the reign of Maximian, in
the year 304. He was a soldier in the service of the Emperor Maximian,
and held in honour for his courage. While in Egypt, he visited the
Christians held in prison and comforted them. Among them, he visited
seven monks imprisoned together; when one of them died from his torments'
Saint Varus took his place. When this became known to the governor,
Saint Varus was arrested and tortured to death.
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 Third Tone:
Since thou hadst put on thyself thy Master's Cross as a breastplate,
thou didst blunt and bring to nought the tyrants' wicked devices.
Thou didst bear most savage tortures upon thy body; valiantly didst
thou then finish thy godly contest. Hence from God, O noble Varus,
thou wast adorned in a crown august and divine.
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