Martyrs Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aeithalas the Deacon, of Persia (376)s
Commemorated on November 3
Akepsimos headed the Christian Church
in the Persian city of Naesson. His flock devotedly loved their hierarch for
his ascetic life and tireless pastoral work. The emperor Sapor gave orders to
seek out and kill Christian clergy. Saint Akepsimos also was arrested, being
then already an eighty year old man. They took him to the city of Arbela, where
he came before the judge Ardarkh – a pagan-priest of the sun-god. The holy
elder refused to offer sacrifice to the Persian gods. For this he was fiercely
beaten and thrown into prison, where on the following day they threw in with
him, after fierce beatings, the seventy year old Presbyter Joseph and
Deacon Haiphal. For three years the saints were held in confinement, and
worn down by hunger and thirst.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.