Memory of the Holy Martyr PORPHYRIUS the ACTOR
Porphyrius was an actor in the days of the Emperor Julian the Apostate (361-3). In the course of his birthday celebrations, the Emperor ordered Porphyrius to mimic and make fun of the Christian mysteries. He was thrown into the water crying out, “The servant of God Porphyrius is baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” and he put on the white robe of the newly-illumined.Then he was touched by the grace of God and he believed in very truth in Christ Whose Name he confessed boldly. Saint Porphyrius was immediately beheaded, and so it was as a holy Martyr that he ended his act.
From the Synaxaristes of Simonospetras