Commemorated on July 1
The Holy Martyr
Potitus suffered under the emperor Antoninus (138-161). His father was a
pagan, but the youth, at but 13 years of age having become familiar with the
Christian teaching, believed in the True God and accepted holy Baptism. Having
learned of this, his father was extremely upset and tried at first by
endearment, and then also by threats to dissuade his son from faith in Christ
the Saviour. His efforts, however, were in vain. Impressed by the firmness of
faith in the lad, the father himself likewise came to believe in the Son of God
and became a Christian.
travelled through many lands preaching about Christ and by the power of God he
worked wondrous miracles.
In a region, called
Epirus, there lived the illustrious woman named Kyriakia, wife of a senator,
but afflicted with leprosy. Hearing about Saint Potitus, she summoned him and
besought healing. The saint declared, that if she believed in Christ, she would
be healed. The woman accepted holy Baptism and was immediately healed. Seeing
such a miracle, her husband and all the household believed and were likewise
After this, the saint
settled on Mount Gargara and lived in solitude, amidst the birds and the
beasts. He was found there by servants of the emperor Antoninus, whose daughter
was afflicted with demonic possession. The devil said through the lips of the maiden,
that he would come out of her only with the coming of Potitus. They brought the
holy youth to the emperor, and through the prayers of Saint Potitus the sick
girl received healing. But in place of gratitude, the emperor treated the saint
with inhuman cruelty. For his firm confession of faith in Christ the Saviour
and his refusal to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, to which the emperor
imputed the healing of his daughter, they tore out the tongue from Saint
Potitus and blinded him. After lengthy torture, the saint was then beheaded.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.