Commemorated on February 6
The Holy Virgin
Martyress Fausta and with her, Euvilasias and Maximus, suffered during the
time of the persecution against Christians by the emperor Diocletian in the
city of Kyzika (Mezium), between the years 305-311.
Saint Fausta was
raised by Christian parents and, early having been orphaned, she led a strict
and virtuous life. The report about her as a Christian reached the governor,
and the saint was sent to the 80 year old pagan-priest Euvilasias, to induce
her into a renunciation from Christ. The saint bravely confessed her faith and
was subjected to many cruel tortures, but strengthened by the Lord, she did not
sense the pain. They locked her up in a wooden trunk, but the torturers got
tired of trying to saw it and burn it in the fire: not only the holy martyress
herself, but the truck also remained unharmed, guarded by Divine power. The
pagan-priest Euvilasias was shaken by the evident and manifest power of God, he
believed in the Saviour and confessed himself a Christian.
The eparch Maximus
was sent to make inquiry into the matter for the emperor, and he began to
torture the old man who had come to believe in Christ. Euvilasias turned to
Saint Fausta and asked her to pray for him, after which he bravely endured the
tortures. They gave Saint Fausta over for devouring by vultures, but the
creatures would not touch her. Then they pierced her with nails in the head and
other parts of her body and finally, they threw her into a boiling cauldron
together with Saint Euvilasias. During this time the martyrs prayed for their
Having seen the faith
and endurance of the saints and vouchsafed the heavenly vision, the eparch
Maximus likewise was converted to Christ, and he prayed to God for the
forgiveness of his sins, and having been thrown into the cauldron, in which
Saints Fausta and Euvilasias suffered, he merited with them a martyr's end.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.