On this day Sts. Philemon and Apollonius were martyred. St. Philemon was the jester and singer, and St. Apollonius was the musician for Arianus the governor of Ansena (Antinoe). They were very close friends and they wished to receive the crown of martyrdom. One day, Philemon went to the Governor and confessed the Lord Christ before him, so he ordered to shoot him with arrows. After that, Apollonius came before the Governor and he also confessed the Lord Christ. When the Governor recognized him he became angry and ordered to shoot him also with arrows. While they were shooting Apollonius, one of the arrows glanced back and struck the Governor’s eye and destroyed it. Sts. Philemon and Apollonius completed their strife and received the crown of martyrdom.
May their prayers be with us. Amen.