February 4, 2019 - Toba 27, 1735

Martyrdom of St.Abe-Fam the Soldier (St.Phoebammon)

On this day also, St. Abe-Fam, the Soldier, was martyred (Bifam or Phoebammon). He was born in Oseem (Awsim) to a wealthy father whose name was Anastasius, and a righteous mother whose name was Susanna. They brought him up in the Christian faith. He grew up in the fear of God, merciful to the poor, and steadfast in prayer and fasting. His parents wanted him to get married, but he declined. When Emperor Diocletian reigned and knew that this saint did not raise incense to the gods, the Emperor sent to the governor Arianus to torture St. Abe-Fam if he did not offer incense to the idols. Arianus went to Oseem and when he saw the saint he said, Peace be with you, and the saint replied, Why do you speak the word of peace? Did you not know that peace is only for the righteous? and there is no peace for the wicked, says the Lord. (Isaiah 48:22) The Governor became extremely angry and took the Saint to Qaw where he tortured him severely, then beheaded him. The Saint received the crown of martyrdom. God honored this saint by performing many miracles through his body.May His prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen