THE FORTY MARTYRS OF SEBASTE
Synaxarion for Memorials without a Proper Office
The governor of Sebaste in Armenia wished to force forty
soldiers to renounce Christ. First he imprisoned them and then he threw
them into a frozen pool. They prayed with one heart: "We forty have entered
an arena, O Lord, grant that we may be able to receive the crown." One
of them escaped and renounced Christ, but their guard, a pagan, took his
place. In the morning the guards broke their legs and burned their bodies.
They received the crown of matyrdom approximately the year 322.
May their prayers be with us. Amen.