Житие на св. мъченица Гликерия и Св. мчк Лаодикий
Девицата Гликерия, дъщеря на знатен римски сановник приела християнската вяра след смъртта на родителите си. През време на гонението против християните не само самата тя не се бояла от опасностите, но увещавала и другите към твърдо изповядване на вярата. Като се явила веднъж в идолското капище по време на едно езическо тържество, тя чрез молитва строшила идола и по заповед на един от началниците била затворена в тъмница. Предлагали й да се отрече от християнската вяра и след като тя отказала, предали я на страшни изтезания и отново я затворили, като я обрекли на изтощение от глад и жажда.
След известно време управителят заповядал да я отведат в град Ираклия, където отново я подложили на най-ужасни изтезания. Светата девойка всичко понасяла търпеливо, укрепявана от чудесната помощ на Бога. Тъмничният стражар Лаодикий, свидетел на нейните страдания и на големите личби, проявявани от Господа заради нея, познал истинския Бог и бил посечен с меч като християнин. Гликерия била хвърлена на зверовете в цирка, но лютите зверове кротко легнали до мъченицата и само се умилквали около нея. Като поблагодарила на Бога за всички Негови милости, девойката молела за смърт и тихо предала душата си Богу. Това станало във втората половина на второто столетие, през време на гонението при император Антонин (138–161 г.).
Saint Glyceria (died ca. 177, Heraclea, Propontis) — early Christian saint, Roman virgin.
According to Christian legend, she was forced to pay tribute to a stone statue of Jupiter but it was destroyed while she stood before it. The virgin was imprisoned for this, then sentenced to be torn apart by wild animals. She, however, was not torn apart. Before the animals could render her any harm, Glyceria died a virgin martyr in Heraclea. Her relics reputedly poured fourth the substance known as the Oil of Saints, and her name means "sweetness".
She is honored on May 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics). She is primarily recognized as an Eastern Christian Saint, and has fallen out of popularity as a Catholic Saint.
Martyr Laodicius the Keeper of the Prison
St Glyceria was tortured at Heraclea in Thrace during a persecution against Christians under the emperor Antoninus (138-161).The martyr was then thrown into prison onto sharp stones. She prayed incessantly, and at midnight an angel appeared in the prison and healed her of her wounds.
When the jailer Laodicius came for the saint in the morning, he did not recognize her. Thinking that the martyr had been taken away, he feared he would be punished for letting her escape. He wanted to kill himself, but St Glyceria stopped him. Shaken by the miracle, Laodicius believed in the true God, and he entreated the saint to pray that he might suffer and die for Christ with her.
“Follow Christ and you will be saved,” the holy martyr replied. Laodicius placed upon himself the chains with which the saint was bound, and at the trial he told the prefect and everyone present about the miraculous healing of St Glyceria by an angel, then he confessed himself a Christian.
The newly chosen one of God was beheaded by the sword. Christians secretly took up his remains, and reverently buried them.
Virgin-Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, Propontis (ca.138-161); Martyr Laodicius, jailer of Saint Glyceria (ca.138-161) Saint Theoctistus, monk from Tekoa, Palestine; Saint Pausicacius, Bishop of Synnada (606); Saint Nicephoros, Presbyter of the monastery of Ephapsios; Saint Sergius (George) the Confessor of Constantinople, with his wife Irene and children (ca.829-842); Saint Euthymius the New (the Illuminator) (1028), founder of Iveron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian saints of Mount Athos: his father monk-martyr John of Iveron (998), his cousin monk-martyr George of Iveron (1065), and monk-martyr Gabriel of Iveron who took the Holy Icon "Portaitissa" from the sea (10th c.); Saint Abban of Ireland, baptized in 165 AD, missionary in Abingdon, Oxfordshire (2nd c.); Martyr Alexander of Rome (284-305); Saint Valerian of Auxerre, third Bishop of Auxerre, and defender of Orthodoxy against Arianism (350); Saint Onesimus of Gaul, fifth Bishop of Soissons in France (361); Saint Servatius, Bishop of Tongres, defender against Arianism in the Netherlands (384); Saint Agnes of Poitiers, chosen by St. Radegund to be Abbess of Holy Cross at Poitiers in France (588); Saint Mael (Mahel), Ascetic on the Isle of Bardsey (6th c.); Saint Natalis (Natale), Bishop of Milan in Italy (751); Saint Anno (Hanno, Annon), Bishop of Verona in Italy (780); Saint Merwenna of Rumsey (Merwinna, Merewenna), first Abbess of Rumsey convent, in Hampshire (ca.970); Blessed Fortis Gabrielli, Ascetic (1040); Venerable monk-martyrs of Iveron Monastery, martyred by the Latins (1259, or 1276-1280); Repose of Saint Macarius, Abbot of Glushitsa Monastery, Vologda (1480); Righteous Virgin Glyceria of Novgorod (1522); New Hieromartyrs Basil, Alexander and Christopher, Hieromartyr Macarius and Martyr Sergius (1922); 103 New Hieromartyrs of Cherkassk (Cherkas') (20th c.); Other Commemorations: Consecration of the Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa (Most-Holy Queen of All), on the small island of Hagia Glykeria (Incirli Adasi) in the Bay of Tuzla (12th c.); Translation of the relics (1688) of Hieromartyr Saint Macarius, Archimandrite of Ovruch and Pinsk, from Kaniv to Pereyaslavl (1678); Repose of righteous Priest Alexis of Bortsurmany, disciple of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1848); Repose of Rassophore Monk John, of St. Nilus of Sora Monastery (1863); Repose of Eldress Sepfora of Klykovo (1997).