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On August 8, Orthodox Christians celebrate several church holidays

On August 8, Orthodox Christians celebrate several church holidays

What a holiday today: on August 8, 2020, the church holiday of Ermolaev Day is celebrated. This folk holiday is the day of honoring the memory of the early Christian holy martyr Hermolai of Nicomedia by the church. It is celebrated on 8 August 2020 (26 July old style).

Saint Hermolaus lived during the “Great Persecution” in Nicomedia, which was located on the shores of the Sea of ​​Marmara. According to an eyewitness to the events of Lactantius, on February 23, 303, Diocletian’s legionnaires burned down the empty Nicomeean temple, which was taken by storm and destroyed. Many people were martyred.

Ermolai and his brothers took refuge on the outskirts of the city and continued to preach. One of his students was Panteleimon, whom he taught to heal. He came to the mentor until he was captured by the pagans. Under torture, the young Christian told where the preachers were hiding.

The prisoners, just like everyone else, were first offered to renounce their faith and offer sacrifice to idols, then they were threatened with torture and death. The men were not scared. At the same moment, an earthquake struck, the idols crashed. This scared the pagans very much. When the news of this event reached the Emperor Maximilian, he ordered the immediate beheading of the Gentiles.

The relics of St. Ermolaus are kept in Italy: one part – in the Church of San Simeone Grande (Venice), the other – in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Benevento).

According to the church calendar, on August 8, they commemorate the Monk Martyr Paraskeva, who suffered for her faith during the reign of Antoninus Pius (138-161).

The only daughter of Christian parents, she dedicated herself to the Lord from a young age. In her parents’ home, she devoted much time to prayer and studying the Holy Scriptures.

After the death of her parents, Paraskeva distributed all her property to the poor, accepted monasticism and began to preach about the Savior, imitating the Holy Apostles, converting many to Christianity.

When the emperor was informed about her activities, Paraskeva appeared before the court and boldly confessed herself a Christian. The saint’s firmness was not shaken by the promise of honors and material benefits, nor by threats of torture and death.

She was brutally tortured – thrown into a cauldron of boiling resin, but she did not suffer by the power of God. When the emperor looked into the cauldron, the saintly martyr threw a few drops of red-hot resin in his face, and he went blind. Antoninus began to ask the Saint for healing, and the martyr healed him. After that, the emperor released her.

Paraskeva, preaching the gospel, moved from one place to another and came to the city where Asclepius was the ruler. The saint was tried as a Christian and sentenced to death. The MonkMartyress was taken to a cave where a huge serpent lived, so that he would devour her, but Paraskeva made the sign of the cross over him and the serpent died. Having witnessed such a miracle, the ruler and the inhabitants of the city believed and the virgin was released.

The Monk Martyr was sentenced to death in the city, where a certain Tarasius was the ruler. After severe torture, her head was cut off.

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