Celtic and Old English Saints          17 September

* St. Socrates and St. Stephen of Wales

St. Socrates and St. Stephen, Martyrs at Monmouth, Wales

Troparion of Ss Socrates and Stephen Tone 1
Thou didst win the crown of martyrdom,/ O noble Socrates and Stephen,/
when thou, following in the footsteps of both our nation's Patron and
our protomartyr*,/ didst resist the edict of the God-hating Diocletian./
Pray to God that we also may be given strength to be faithful, even unto
death,/ that we too may inherit eternal life.

* a reference to Saint Alban, Protomartyr of Britain

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