Commemorated on July 3
The Holy Martyr
Jacinthus (Hyacinth), a native of Caesarea Cappadocia, grew up in a
Christian family. The Roman emperor Trajan made him his
Once during the time
of a pagan festival the emperor Trajan was feasting in a pagan-temple together
with his companions, eating of the idol-offered food, but the youth Jacinthus,
having remained at the palace, shut himself up in a small room and prayed fervently
to the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the servants overheard the words of prayer. He
made a denunciation to the emperor, that Jacinthus, entrusted with an imperial
position, did not honour the Roman gods but was secretly praying to Christ.
arrested Saint Jacinthus and led him to Trajan. The emperor demanded that he
eat of the idol-offered meat, but the saint bravely refused and declared
himself a Christian. By order of Trajan, they locked up the holy martyr in
prison after fierce tortures, and they exhausted him with hunger and thirst, so
as to force him to eat of idolatrous food. On the 38th day, one of the guards,
bringing the idol-offering meat, saw Angels alongside the martyr, dressing him
in bright attire and placing on his head a crown.
The torturers decided
to continue with the trial over the saint, but they found him in prison already
dead. The twelve year old Jacinthus died in the year 108 in the city of Rome.
They afterwards transferred the relics of the saint to Caesarea.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.