The Holy GreatMartyr Menas
Commemorated on November 11
The Holy GreatMartyr Menas, an Egyptian by birth,
was a soldier and served in the city Kotuan under the centurion Firmilian
during the reign of the emperors Diocletian and Maximian (284-305). When the
co-emperors began the then fiercest persecution against Christians in history,
the saint lost all desire to serve these persecutors and, having left the
service, he withdrew to a mountain, where he asceticised in fasting and prayer.
Once during the time of a pagan feastday he happened to arrive in the city, in
which earlier he had served. At the climax of the festal games, which all the
city had come out to see, rang out the accusing voice of the saint of God,
preaching faith in Christ, the Saviour of the world.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.