Commemorated on June 23
The Holy Martyrs
Eustochius, Gaius, Probius, Lollius and Urban suffered for Christ during
the time of a persecution under the emperor Maximian (286-310).
Saint Eustochius was
a pagan priest, but seeing the unyielding courage of the Christian martyrs, and
the miracles worked by them, he converted to Christ. He went to the bishop of
Antioch, Eudoxos, received from him holy Baptism and was ordained to the dignity
of presbyter. In the city of Listra Saint Eustochius converted to the path of
salvation his nephew Gaius and all his household, among which included the lads
Probius, Lollius and Urban. Soldiers of the emperor arrested Saint Eustochius
and took him for trial. Tortures did not sway the faith of Eustochius. They
then sent the saint to the governor Agrippinus in the Galatian city of Ancyra.
With him also was sent the newly-converted Gaius with his household. All of
them – not excluding even the women and children, underwent fierce torture,
but the martyrs did not recant from Christ and so were beheaded.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.