The Church today honors the memory of the Apostles Apollos, Luke and Clement, out of seventy, the women Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, Nymphodora and Saint Isaiah, founder of the Holy Basilica and Stavropegian Monastery of Panagia of Kykkos.
Saints Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora were sisters and from an early age were devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ.
They were coming from a rich and aristocratic family. They were distinguished for their rich education and for their modesty and wisdom.
Their virtues made them dear to Christians and true role models for the youth of their time.
After the death of their parents, they retired to a place where they immersed themselves in prayer, study, religious exercise and charity. With spiritual growth, they received the gift of healing the sick. Thus, they healed many Christians, and for their actions, all three were arrested. But they did not fear and boldly confessed their faith in God. They were terribly tortured, yet they remained steadfast to the end, and surrendered their spirit to the Lord. In fact, when their remains were thrown into the fire, a heavy rain extinguished it.
It is evident from the experience of everyday life that darkness tends to prevail. The siren messages of the modern age, while initially excite young people, very soon bring sadness and frustration. In the faces of the three sisters Martyrs of the Christian Faith, whom we honor today, are justified all the young people who, with patience and humility, experience the saving message of the Holy Gospel and resist with courage and self-denial.
Great size of the sacrifice of the Martyrs of the Faith, the Life-Giving Cross of our Lord!
Source: Church of Cyprus