September 20, 2020 - Tout 10, 1737
Martyrdom of St. Matrounah
On this day St. Matrounah, who was a maid-servant to a Jewish lady, was martyred. She was of Christian parents, and her mistress used to entice her to adopt the Hebrew religion, but she refused and that is why her mistress used to humiliate her, ill treat her, and over-burden her with servitude. On some days she accompanied her mistress to the Hebrew Assembly, then returned and went to the Christians' church. And when her mistress asked her where she had been and why she did not enter their assembly, the Saint replied, God has departed far away from the synagogue that is yours, how shall I enter it? Whereas the place that should be entered is the church which the Lord Christ had bought with His blood. Her mistress was angry at this and beat her harshly, then imprisoned her in a dark place where she spent four days without food or drink. She then took her out and beat her sorely, then she returned her to her imprisonment where she died. After her death, her mistress, (because she feared that the government would hold her accountable for her blood), took her to the top of her house and threw her down so that it would be said that she had fallen by chance. She was accursed by God, her feet slipped and she fell down, died and went to Hell. As to the Saint, she went to the eternal bliss. May her intercession be for us. Amen.