The Priestmartyrs Auda, Bishop of Persia, and the Deacon Benjamin:
Commemorated on March 31
Auda, Bishop of Persia, and the Deacon Benjamin: Saint Auda was bishop in
Persia, and for the destruction of a temple of the fire-worshippers he was
brought to trial before the Persian emperor Izdegerd I (401-402), who gave
orders to re-construct the temple. When bishop Auda refused, the emperor ordered
soldiers to destroy all the Christian temples, persecute the christians and
subject them to torture. Saint Auda became the first martyr, and after lengthy
torturing was beheaded. After thirty days other martyrs also were executed.
Among them was the deacon Benjamin, undergoing particularly cruel torments:
they put sharp needles under his nails and impaled him upon a spear.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.