Science of the Saints, 29-III-2019 (16 Mar.), The Holy Martyrs Sabinus and Papas

The Holy Martyr Sabinus was governor of the Egyptian city of Hermopolis. During the time of persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305), Saint Sabinus hid himself away with like-minded companions in a remote village. But his dwelling-place was revealed for two gold coins given to a certain ungrateful beggar, whom the saint had constantly fed and helped with money. Together with six other Christians, Sabinus was seized, and after torture they were all drowned in the Nile (+287).

The Holy Martyr Papas lived in the city of Larandum (Asia Minor) during the reign of Maximian (305-311). They arrested and tortured him for belief in Christ, and afterwards, in boots with sharp nails hammered inside, they took him for further trial to the city of Diocaesarea and later to Isaurian Seleucia. Saint Papas died bound to a barren tree, which thereupon became fruitful.

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