The Holy Martyr Eleutherios Cubicularius
Commemorated on December 15, August 4
Holy Martyr Eleutherios Cubicularius was an illustrious and rich
chamberlain ("cubicularius") at the Byzantine court. Amidst all his
courtly privileges, Eleutherios was not beguiled by worldly goods and honours;
he dwelt constantly in thought about the imperishable and eternal. Having
accepted holy Baptism, he began daily to glorify God with psalmody and to
bejewel his life with virtuous deeds. But one of his servants through diabolic
promptings, informed against his master to the [then still pagan] emperor. The
emperor tried to dissuade Eleutherios from his faith in Christ, but after the
unsuccessful attempts the emperor gave orders to behead him, and to cast out
his body for devouring by dogs and vultures. A certain Christian priest took up
the body of the saint and committed it to burial.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.