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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 10, Saints Tryphon, Respicius, Nympha, Martyrs

Commemorated on November 10

In the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, Italy, are enshrined the relicks of the three Martyrs commemorated on November 10. About the year 250, during the reign of the Emperor Decius, one Tryphon strove by preaching the Faith of Jesus Christ to bring all men to worship the Same. For this cause he was taken by the servants of Decius, and at first tormented upon the rack, and thereafter cruelly tortured in various ways, such as with red-hot nails driven into his insteps, and with scorching from lighted torches. The courage wherewith Tryphon bore all these things brought to faith in the Lord Christ the Prefect Respicius, who thereupon declared himself a Christian. He likewise was then in divers ways tormented ; and afterwards he was led along with Tryphon to an image of Jupiter : and when Tryphon prayed, the statue fell down. Then were both Tryphon and Respicius savagely lashed with whips loaded with lead, until they attained the crown of their glorious testimony. This was the tenth day of November, on which day also a certain maiden named Nympha, having openly confessed that Jesus Christ is very God, added the palm of martyrdom to the crown of virginity.

Grant, O Lord, we pray thee that, as by the prayers of thy blessed Martyrs, Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha, we do feel the effectual succour of thy protection, so we may at all times devoutly observe their festival, through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

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