Saint Mercurius came from Cappadocia, and was the son of Gordian, a Scythian.
A young man, and a soldier of high rank, he refused to offer sacrifice
to the idols, and after torments was beheaded during the reign of Valerian
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 Second Tone:
O wise one, thou wast initiated solemnly in matters divine, O all-renowned
Mercurius, and becamest an acceptable sacrifice when eagerly thou
didst drink the cup of Christ God; and now thou dost ceaselessly
pray for us all.
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