Sep 26, 2018
In view of the faith, the martyrs and the confessors suffered unbearable torments and agonies.
The majority of the early apostles and bishops marched in the way of martyrdom.
When the Lord called Saul of Tarsus to become an apostle for the gentiles, He said about him "For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake" (Acts 9:16).
We can mention as an example,
the apostolic saint Athanassius of the abbots and the cross which they carried.
He was exiled three times and he was exposed to bad accusations;
and saint John Chrysostom who was also exiled...... and the incarceration and ostracisation to which the fathers were exposed.
Pope Shenouda III