St. Ischyrion — Martyr December 22

This saint was a servant to an Egyptian magistrate. When he refused to offer sacrifice to the idols he was put to death.

This is a martyr, indeed, who shed his blood for Christ’s Name’s sake; who feared not the threats of judges, nor sought to be great with the glory of this world, but pressed on unto the Kingdom of Heaven. — Matins, Responsory

The Imitation of Christ
If, indeed, there had been anything better, and more beneficial than suffering, Christ certainly would have showed it by word and example.
Sixth Great Antiphon: O King of the Gentiles and the desired of them, Thou corner stone that makest both one, come and deliver man, whom Thou didst form out of the dust of the earth.
Dust of the earth? We are not so much, are we? But our soul? For our soul, the little Christ will begin to suffer from His first moment among us till His death 33 years after.
He loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.