The Priestmartyr Phocas
Commemorated on September 22, July 22
Phocas was born in the city of Sinope. From youth he led a virtuous
Christian life, and in his adult years he was elevated to bishop of Sinope.
Sainted Phocas converted many pagans to faith in Christ. At the time of a
persecution against Christians under the emperor Trajan (98-117), the governor
demanded the saint to renounce Christ. After fierce torture they closed Saint
Phocas into an hot bath, where he died a martyr's death in the year 117.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.