The virgin Febronia, confesses Christ
Before judgment standing, bloody and pale.
As a palm branch, the young Febronia.
From beautiful fruit, a branch became heavy,
And to Silenus she speaks: “A Bridegroom, have I,
And no type of honor, from you do I accept,
Christ is my glory, Christ is my pride,
O yes, the beautiful countenance of my Bridegroom!
Cut off, cut off my feet – paths they have traveled!
Cut off, cut off my hands – work they have completed!
Cut out, cut out my tongue – with my heart I will pray!
Smash, smash my mouth – with my heart, I will speak!
Whip, crush the body – why do I need the body?
A more beautiful garment, the Bridegroom has prepared,
Among many holy ones, in the heavens above,
Among the angels, in sweet Paradise.
Do not think Silenus, that when I depart,
That the fury of your life will die.
But hear me and remember: behold the same day
Before the Living God, together we will go:
You as a torturer and I, tortured by you,
Each, his deeds, will bring with him.
Troparion – Tone 3
Like a fragrant rose in the ascetic life, you breathed forth the myrrh of Christ. Therefore he has glorified you as a righteous martyr, O Febronia. Now intercede with him for those who cry: “Rejoice, O noble and blessed martyr!”
Kontakion – Tone 3
You were adorned with the grace of virginity and the beauty of martyrdom, O Febronia, bride of Christ. You wisely carried your lamp and ran to your Bridegroom receiving an incorruptible crown. Pray for those who faithfully sing hymns of praise to you!
Oikos (amateur translation)
I perceive you, O pure virgin, as a chosen rose, for you were given to the King of the heavens from childhood, and you followed Him, struggling ascetically in the angelic pursuit. Therefore shining with the beauty of virginity, and serving as a good steward of Godly-worked virtues, you struggled in martyrical feats. With manly mind and an unastonished heart, you astonished all by your struggle, O Righteous Martyr. For you steadfastly endured unbearable beatings, breaking of teeth, burnings and cuttings of your holy members, for the love of Christ your Bridegroom. Therefore because of this, you were wondrously glorified, and you ever intercede, Fevronia, for those who faithfully sing hymns of praise to you!
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!