N and on September 6, the Orthodox Church honors St. Martyr Romil and St. Martyr Eudoxius. On this day, the miracle in Colossae, which was performed by the Archangel Michael, is also commemorated.
Life of St. Martyr Romil
Emperor Trajan (98-117) went with his army to the East to subdue some unruly tribes. It was brought to him that there were eleven thousand Christians in his army. Enraged, the pagan emperor ordered them to be stripped of their military rank and sent into exile in the Armenian city of Mytilene.
This cruel persecutor of the Church thought that exile would force Christians to worship idols, but he was wrong. Romil, the head of the royal guard, appeared before him and pointed out the unreasonableness of this order. He said that with the exile of so many soldiers, the strength of the army would be greatly reduced. He openly and fearlessly confessed to him that he was a Christian and that he was ready to lay down his life for Christ’s name.
Enraged, the emperor ordered Romil to be tortured. No tortures diverted the inspired confessor from Christ the Lord. Trajan ordered his beheading. All the Christian soldiers, faithful companions of Romil, were sent into exile. And there they all perished: ten thousand were crucified. The rest died from various other tortures.
Life of St. Martyr Eudoxius
St. Martyr Eudoxius was a military commander during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). He lived as a zealous Christian.
A cruel persecution broke out against the believers. In order to save their lives, many Christians left their homes and moved away to desert places. They found refuge there. Eudoxius also found refuge in a desert place with his wife Vasilisa and his children.
A squad of soldiers was sent to look for him. The soldiers came to that place. They met him, but did not recognize him. They asked him if he knew where the general Eudoxius was hiding.
He received them in his new abode with warm attention. He entertained them, gave them the opportunity to rest. Finally he revealed to them that he was precisely the wanted general Eudoxius.
After reassuring his family and teaching them how to live, Eudoxius left with the soldiers for the main city of that region.
The manager called him in for questioning. He offered him to renounce his faith in order to preserve his life and his military rank. He asked him to immediately sacrifice to the idols. Eudoxius resolutely refused. He boldly confessed his faith in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. The governor ordered his weapon to be taken and his military rank insignia to be removed from him.
This fanatical heathen shuddered with horror, seeing how many of the soldiers present at the interrogation disarmed, cast off the insignia of military rank, and unanimously confessed that they were also Christians. The confessors turned out to be so many, more than a thousand people, that it was decided to punish only the most important among them, the military leaders.
Eudoxius was soon put on trial again. Having once again firmly declared that no one would turn him away from Christ the savior, he was subjected to severe tortures and finally sentenced to death.
As he was being led to the place where he was to be put to death, he noticed his wife and two children crying in the crowd. Eudoxius turned to his wife and said:
– Don’t cry for me! On the contrary, honor the day of my death for Christ the Lord as a day of joyful celebration!
Then he saw his friend Zeno and said to him:
– God, Whom we serve, will not separate us. We, as in one boat, will sail together to eternal life!
Inspired by these fiery words, Zeno exclaimed:
– I’m a Christian too! I confess Christ, the Son of God, and I want to die for Him!
The new confessor was immediately caught and beheaded. Eudoxius also received a martyr’s crown after his friend. The chief military commanders, whom the manly and steadfast Eudoxius had dedicated to the truths of the Gospel, also shed their blood for the name of Christ. This happened in 311.
Later, a temple named after St. Martyr Eudoxius was built in Constantinople.
Commemoration of the miracle at Colossae, which was by Michael the Archstrategist
Colossae (Colossae, Колоссы) was an ancient city in southwestern Phrygia, near Laodicea and Hierapolis (modern Turkey). In it, in the earliest Christian years, the preaching of the holy Evangelists John the Theologian, Philip and Bartholomew was heard, and in the 1960s St. Apostle Paul wrote one of his epistles – to the Colossians.
The holy apostles Philemon, Archippus and Apphia, who were converted to Christianity by the holy apostle Paul, suffered for Christ from the pagan Greeks in the city of Colossae during the reign of Emperor Nero.
In the tenth year of the reign of Emperor Nero (AD 64), the city was destroyed by an earthquake. In time it was re-elevated, but never reached its former glory. Later he was named Khona (Russian: Khonaz, Хоны).
Today, Colossae is a small settlement. The ruins of the ancient city are located at the foot of Mount Honas.
During the day, there was a temple of St. Archstrategist Michael in Colossae, built over a healing spring as a sign of gratitude for healing through the intercession of St. Archstrategist Michael.
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Editor: Denis Nikiforov