September 2, 2023 - Mesra 27, 1739

Martyrdom of St. Mary, the Armenian

On this day also, St. Mary the Armenian, was martyred. She was captured by the Moslems, who asked her to deny her faith in the Lord Christ. She refused, so they tortured her severely, but she remained steadfast in her faith. They threatened to burn her alive in a blazing pit, by the gate of Zoweila in Cairo. Many gathered there, and the crowd tried to frighten her from the suffering and to persuade her to change her counsel, but she answered saying, It is good that I deliver up my soul in the hands of my Master, Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. Then she quickly threw herself in the fiery pit. Thus she received the crown of martyrdom. May her prayers be with us, and Glory be to God forever. Amen.