Holy Martyrs Provos, Tarachos, and Andronicus contested for Christ during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 296 or 304 AD. Tarachos was advanced in years, of Roman birth, and had been a soldier; Provos was from Side in Pamphylia, and Andronicus from Ephesus. They were taken together in Cilicia and subjected to manifold exceedingly cruel tenures. Taracos was beaten on his cheeks and neck with stones, his hands were burned, he was hanged on a post and smoke was put underneath him to choke him; vinegar was forced down his nostrils; after enduring further tortures, he was carved to pieces. Provos was thrashed with whips, his feet were burned with red hot irons, his back and sides were pierced with heated spits; finally he also was cut up with knives, and received the crown of martyrdom. Andronicus suffered similar tortures, and finished his course being cut to pieces, commending his soul into the hands of God.
Dismissal Hymn (Plagal of Third Tone)
The heavenly powers were amazed at the triumph of the holy martyrs Provos, Tarachos, and Andronicus. For having fought the good fight with their mortal bodies, they conquered bodiless enemies by the power of the Cross. Now they intercede with the Lord that He may save our souls.
Kontakion (Second Tone)
The brave warriors of Christ, those Martyrs noble and divine, have shown to us the glory of the Trinity. For brave Provos, Tarachos and Andronicus have convicted all of the tyrants' ungodliness, for they have contested nobly for the Faith.