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‏The Martyrdom of St.

Oct 14, 2021

‏The Martyrdom of St. Bacchus the Companion of St. Serguis

‏On this day was the martyrdom of St. Bacchus the companion of St. Serguis.

‏When the Emperor Maximianus seized these saints,

‏he tortured them with severe tortures after having stripped them from their army ranks.

‏After this he sent them to Antiochus, King of Syria, who imprisoned St. Serguis,

‏but ordered that St. Bacchus be stoned and slain,

‏then cast into the river of Euphrates.

‏God protected the body and the water waves brought it to the coast near two anchorites, ascetic holy men who were brothers.

‏The angel of the Lord appeared and commanded them to go and carry away the body of the Saint.

‏When they came to where the body was, they found an eagle and a lion protecting it,

‏having spent the whole day and night guarding it without harming it although they were flesh eating beasts,

‏for they had been commanded by God to protect the body.

‏The two holy men took the body with great honor, singing hymns until they came to their cave where they buried it.

‏May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen.

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