The Holy Confessor Emilian was bishop of Kyzikos 787-815. Emilian suffered many afflictions and sorrows during the reign of the Iconoclast Emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820). He and other bishops were summoned to the Emperor's tribunal, and Leo ordered the bishops to refrain from teaching their flocks to venerate the Holy Icons.
Emilian told the Emperor that the question of venerating icons should be discussed and decided only within the Church, by its spiritual leaders, and not at the imperial court. During this time he continued to strengthen his flock by his own example and his unwavering confession of the true Faith.
In the year 815 the hierarch was banished for five years, enduring much pain and humiliation for the sake of Christ. Emilian fell asleep in the Lord in the year 820, and received an unfading crown of glory for his defense of the Holy Icons.
In confessing the Faith you proclaimed Orthodox doctrine
and were unjustly exiled for rebuking the wicked Emperor.
O righteous and glorious Emilian,
the boast of Kyzikos,
entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.
As a valiant defender of the Trinity,
the Church for which you suffered
glorifies you with hymns, O Emilian,
since you suffered for Her.
Therefore we honor your memory.
Deliver your servants from all assaults of the Enemy.
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