Commemorated on June 3
The Holy Martyrs
Lucillian, the Lads Claudius, Ipatius, Dionysius, and Paula the Virgin:
Lucillian was a pagan priest during the time of the Roman emperor Aurelian
(270-275). In his old age he became persuaded of the falseness of the pagan
religion, and with all his heart he turned to the faith in Christ the Saviour,
and was baptised.
Under the influence
of his preaching many a pagan was converted to Christianity. Then certain Jews,
out of concern for his spreading faith in the Christ crucified by them,
reported against Lucillian to the Nicomedia city-governor Sylvanus, who
thereupon urged the elder to return to idol-worship. For his refusal, they
smashed the jawbone of Saint Lucillian, beat him with canes and suspended him
head downwards, and then they locked him away in prison. Here he met up with
four lads that were confessors of Christianity – Claudius, Ipatius, Paul and
Dionysius. Saint Lucillian urged them to stand firm in the faith, and to fear
neither tortures nor death. After a certain while they brought them to trial
and then thrown into a red-hot furnace, but suddenly rain poured down
extinguishing the flames, and the martyrs remained unharmed. The governor
sentenced them to death by execution, sending them off to Byzantium for
carrying out the sentence. The holy lads were beheaded by the sword, and the
holy Martyr Lucillian was nailed to a cross with quite many nails.
Witness to the deed
of the holy martyrs was the holy Virgin Paula, who had dedicated herself to the
service of those suffering for the faith in Christ. She provided food to
Christian prisoners, washed their wounds, brought medications and also buried
the bodies of martyrs. After the death of Saint Lucillian and the four lads,
she returned to Nicomedia and continued on with her holy service. The holy
virgin was arrested and cast into a furnace, but by the power of God she
remained unharmed. Then they sent her off to Byzantium, where the holy
martyress was beheaded by the sword.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.