Saint Samson was from Rome and flourished during the reign of Saint Justinian
the Great. Being a physician, he came to Constantinople, where he so
distinguished himself for his virtue and his love for the sick and
the poor that Patriarch Menas ordained him priest. The Emperor Justinian
was healed by him, and out of gratitude built him a large hospital,
which was afterwards known as "The Hospice of Samson." Saint Samson is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.
Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone:
In thy patience thou hast won thy reward, O righteous Father. Thou didst persevere
unceasingly in prayer; thou didst love the poor, and didst provide for them
in all things. Wherefore, intercede with Christ our God, O blessed and godly-minded
Samson, that our souls be saved.
Kontakion in the
Plagal of the Fourth Tone:
We come together, praising thee with hymns and psalms, O righteous one, as
an unrivalled physician and as an intercessor pleasing unto God; O divinely-wise
Samson, ever having recourse to thy godly shrine for help, we glorify Christ
Jesus, Who gave thee the grace to work thy cures.
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