1 June 2020 (MIA)
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
The Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Brussa
Along with with three priests: Acacius, Menander and Polyenus, Patrick suffered for the Christian faith in the time of Julian the Apostate in Asian Brussa. The imperial governor, Junius, brought Patrick to a hot water spring and asked him: `Who created this healing water, if not our gods, Aesculapius and the others, whom we worship?’ St Patrick answered: `Your gods are demons; and this water, like all other water, was created by Christ. our Lord and God.’ Then the governor asked: `And will this Christ of yours save you if I throw you into this boiling water?’ The saint replied: `If He wills, He can keep me whole and uninjured, although I would wish, in this water, to be parted from this temporal life, that I may live eternally with Christ; but let His holy will be done, without which not a hair of a man’s head can fall.’ Hearing this, the governor ordered that Patrick be thrown into the water. The boiling drops fell on all sides, and scalded many of the onlookers, but the saint remained untouched, as though he were standing in cold water. Seeing this, the governor was wild with shame and commanded that Patrick and three of his priests be beheaded with axes. So these goodly followers of Christ said their prayers and laid their heads under the executioner’s axe. When they had been beheaded, their souls were taken merrily to Christ’s Kingdom of light, to reign eternally.
Also known as Justin the Philosopher. Born c.100 at Nablus, Palestine. He was Pagan philosopher who converted at age 30 by reading the Scriptures and witnessing the heroism and faith of martyrs. Used his philosophical skills to dispute with pagans and explain the faith. Opened a school of public debate in Rome. Died – beheaded in 165 at Rome, Italy.