7 May 2021 (MIA)
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
The Holy Martyr Sabbas Stratelates
This famous Sabbas lived in Rome in the time of the Emperor Aurelian, and held a general’s rank. He was of a noble Gothic family. He often visited Christians in prison, helping them from his abundance. Through his great purity and fasting, God gave him power over unclean spirits. When he was charged with being a Christian, he stood courageously before the Emperor, cast his officer’s belt before him and publicly confessed Christ the Lord. He was tortured in various ways: flogged, flailed with iron rods, burned with torches. But he did not succumb to these deadly tortures, and was seen to be alive and well. His comrades, the soldiers, seeing clearly that God was helping Sabbas, accepted the Christian faith, and seventy of them were immediately beheaded at the Emperor’s command. Christ the Lord Himself appeared to Sabbas in the prison in great light, and strengthened His martyr. Then Sabbas was condemned to death by drowning. He was thrown into a deep river, where he gave his soul to God in the year 272. And his soul went to the Lord to whom he had remained faithful under many tortures.
Bishop of Maastricht, Netherlands, called “the Apostle of the Valley of the Meuse’ of Belgium and France. He attended the Synod of Orleans in France, and was known for his goodness. Domitian aided the poor during a severe famine. His relics are enshrined in Huy.