Martyr Sabinus of Egypt; St. Christodoulos of Patmos

Holy Martyr Sabinus

The Holy Martyr Sabinus was the administrator of the Egyptian city of Hermopolis. During a persecution of Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305), Saint Sabinus and some like-minded companions hid in a remote village.

His hiding place was revealed by a certain ungrateful beggar who had brought him food. The saint used to feed him and help him with money, but the man betrayed him for two pieces of gold. Sabinus was seized with six other Christians, and after torture they were all drowned in the Nile in 287.

Troparion — Tone 1

With godliness you preached to the ungodly / that the Creator of all took flesh without undergoing change. / You excelled in your holy contest, / for by meeting death in the river you attained to the Source of incorruption. / Therefore, we praise you, blessed Sabinus.

Saint Christodoulos

Saint Christodoulos (1020-1093) was born in Bithynia to righteous Christian parents and took the monastic vows at a very young age. His monastic name means “Christ’s servant” in Greek.

Emperor Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) helped him build a monastery dedicated to St John the Evangelist on the Island of Patmos, near the cave where the saint wrote the Book of Revelation.

The walls of this monastery have survived to our days. When the Arab muslims attacked Patmos, the venerable took refuge with his disciples in Evia (Epirus), where he passed away in March 16, 1093.

Later, his disciples found his whole relics and took them to the monastery he had founded in Patmos, where they still offer healing to those who come to find it with faith.

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