The Holy Martyrs Jonah and Barachis and the Others with them
Commemorated on March 28
The Holy Martyrs
Jonah and Barachis and the Others with them: The brothers Jonah and
Barachis were Christians. They lived in the village of Yasa in Persia during the
time of the emperor Sapor (310-331), a fierce persecutor of Christians. Having
learned, that Christians were being tortured in the city of Baravokh, they set
out thence, and found there in prison the Martyrs Zanyphanes, Lazaros,
Maruphanes, Narsynes, Ilias, Marinos, Habib, Sybeiphines and Sava, – and they
encouraged them to hold on firmly to the Christian faith to the very end. The
holy brothers were arrested and brought to trial before the Persian princes
Masdrath, Siroth and Marmis, who began to urge them to bow down in worship to
the sun, and to fire and water. The holy martyrs firmly confessed their faith
in Christ in front of them and refused to fulfill the demands of the pagans,
for which reason they were subjected to fierce torments.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.