October 3, 2017 - Tout 23, 1734
Martyrdom of Saints Onanius and Andrews
On this day was the martyrdom of the righteous Saints Onanius and Andrews, his brother. These saints were the sons of elders of the city of Led, and from their youth they had agreed on becoming monks. They went to the holy and honorable Abba Macarius, and they became his disciples and dwelt with him for three years, during which they fasted and prayed continually with love and humility, and their report was heard everywhere. They chose Onanius to be a bishop and Andrews to be a priest. They shepherded the flock of Christ with the best care. The conquered their souls and bodies. Julian, the infidel emperor, heard about them, and he had them brought to him. He commanded them to deny there faith in the Lord Christ, and to adopt paganism. When they would not obey his commands, he tortured them severly and they yielded up their spirits in the hand of the Lord Christ to Him is the glory. Each received three crowns: one for monastic life, strenous fighting and asceticism; one for priesthood and guarding of flock against the devilish wolves; and a third one for martyrdom and the shedding of blood for the Christian faith. May their prayers and blessings be with us all. Amen.