St Antipas was a contemporary of the holy Apostles, by whom he was made
Bishop of Pergamom. He contested during the reign of Domitian, when he
was cast, as it is said, into a bronze bull that had been heated
exceedingly. The Apostle John writes of him in the Book of Revelation,
and says (as it were from the mouth of Christ, Who says to the Angel
[that is, the Bishop] of the Church of Pergamom), "I know your works,
and where you live, even where Satan's seat is; and you hold fast My
Name, and have not denied My Faith, even in those days wherein Antipas
was my faithful Martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells"
(Rev 2:13). The faithful pray to this Saint for ailments of the teeth.
Dismissal Hymn (First Tone)
The celebrated hierarch and Pergamom's first prelate, the
fellow-contestant of Martyrs and most divine myrrh-streamer, come let
the faithful honour now wise Antipas, who truly is a great and swift
healer of severely afflicted teeth, and cry to him with our whole soul,
"Glory to Christ that has glorified you. Glory to Him that has crowned
you. Glory to Him that works healing for all through you".
Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
To the Hierarch and renowned Great Martyr of the Lord, to the
most excellent protector of all Pergamom, to him that cast our common
foe down in ruin, to Antipas let us sing praises as is due, for he heals
them that suffer from afflicted teeth. Let us cry with love, "Rejoice, O
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