Holy Martyr Romanus

Reading from the Synaxarion:

Saint Romanus, who was from Antioch, lived during the reign of Maximian. He presented himself before Asclepiades the Eparch, and rebuked him, saying, "The idols are not gods; even a little child could tell you that." Then the Saint asked that a child be brought in from the market, that he might be the judge of the matter at hand. Therefore, when the child was asked, "Which God must we worship?" he replied, "Christ." The child was beaten mercilessly and beheaded at the command of the tyrant. As for Saint Romanus, his tongue was cut out, and then he was cast into prison, where he was strangled in the year 305.

Orthros Gospel Reading

The reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. �And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. �And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" �And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. �And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. �And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. �He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. �But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." �And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid