Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
As godly-minded athletes and Martyrs who strove for piety, the Church doth honour and glorify this day the godly contests and travails of Menas the prizewinner, noble Victor, brave Vincent, and valiant Stephanie, and lovingly doth cry out and glorify Christ, the Friend of man.
Saint Stephanie Martyr
It is written that St. Victor was a soldier of Rome during the Christian persecutions of Emperor Antoninus between 130 A.D. and 161 A.D. He was a Christian and was being tortured with the severing of his fingers and the plucking out of his eyes. Through all of these tortures he praised Jesus Christ and refused to deny Him. When Saint Stephanie saw St. Victor suffering she was inspired at his faith and courage so much that she professed her faith in Jesus Christ openly.
St. Victor was beheaded and Saint Stephanie was tied between two bent palm trees. When the trees were let loose, Saint Stephanie was torn apart.
Saint Stephanie Today
Saint Stephanie is honored by Christians today for her steadfast faith in Jesus Christ and her courage to give up her life for her faith. Many Christian wear a Saint Stephanie medal or a Saint Stephanie charm in her honor.