Tuesday, March 10, 2009
40 Martyrs of Sebastea
In 320 A.D., Emperor Licinius commanded all the Christians in the East to renounce their faith. Amongst those who refused were 40 soldiers, who were stripped naked, herded onto a lake in the middle of winter, and left there to freeze to death. Heated baths and lighted tents lined the shore in an attempt to lure the men to apostasy. One soldier gave in, yet another on shore, edified by the heroism of the others, removed his clothing and joined the martyrs. Most of the men died during the night, those who survived were killed the following day. Their martyrdom took place in what is today modern Turkey. Their feast day is March 10.
The image shown above is from the Soviet Gulag, painted by Nikolai Getman. Source