The Forty-five Martyrs of the Armenian City of Nikopolis suffered
Commemorated on July 10
Martyrs of the Armenian City of Nikopolis suffered during the reign of the
emperor Licinius (307-324), then a co-regent with Constantine the Great.
Licinius fiercely persecuted Christians and in his Eastern districts of the
empire he issued an edict to put to death anyone who would not consent to
return to paganism. When the persecutions began at Nikopolis, more than forty
of the persecuted of Christ decided to voluntarily appear before their
persecutors, to openly confess their faith in the Son of God and accept
martyrdom. The holy confessors were headed by Leontios, Mauricios, Daniel,
Anthony and Alexander, and were distinguished by their virtuous life. The
hegemon-procurator of the Armenian district, Licius, before whom the holy
confessors presented themselves, was amazed at the directness and bravery of
those who voluntarily doomed themselves to torture and death. He tried to
persuade them to renounce Christ and offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, but the
saints remained steadfast. They refuted all the arguments of the governor,
pointing out to him all the falseness of faith in the disgusting and
vice-filled pagan gods, leading to ruin those that worship them. The
hegemon-procurator gave orders to beat the confessors about the face with
stones, and then shackle and imprison them.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.