The Holy Martyrs David and Constantine, Princes of Aragvet
Commemorated on October 2
The Holy Martyrs
David and Constantine, Princes of Aragvet, were from childhood raised in
the Orthodox faith. They were not only worthy rulers and brave military
leaders, but also pious Christians. The holy brothers defended Gruzia (Georgia)
from Mohammedan invaders. But the sides were militarily unequal. The Arab
military-commander Murvan-Abdula-Kasim, having taken the brothers captive,
tried with crafty promises to persuade them into an acceptance of Musselmanism.
But they firmly confessed Christ. Then Murvan-Kru ("kru" –
"hard of hearing") with the help of sorcerers sought their
renunciation from Christ. But the holy brothers David and Constantine overcame
all the artifice of the pagan pseudo-wisdom by means of their prayer. Seeing
the steadfastness of the holy confessors, the Mahometan gave orders to inflict
fierce tortures upon them, and then to drown them in the River Rioni (in the
year 740). The river carried of their bodies, illumined by three pillars of
light. Christians took the bodies of the holy martyrs from out of the river and
buried them in a cave on Mount Tskal–Tsiteli, at the city of Kutaisi.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.