The Prologue of Ohrid: September 12th
1. The Hieromartyr Autonomus.
A bishop, he left Italy for Bithynia in Asia during Diocietian's
persecution, going to a place called Soreoi, where he brought many to
the Christian faith and built them a church dedicated to the Archangel
Michael. He stayed in the house of a devout Christian, Cornelius, whom
Autonomus ordained priest and then consecrated bishop. Not far from the
town of Soreoi was a place called Limnae, entirely inhabited by pagans.
St Autonomus went to this place and quickly brought many to the light
by the Gospel of Christ. This roused the pagans, and they hurried one
day to the church of the Archangel Michael in Soreoi and, during divine
service, slew Autonomus in the altar, killing also many other
Christians in the church. In the time of the Emperor Constantine, a
noble courtier, Severian, built a church over St Autonomus's grave. Two
hundred years after his death, St Autonomus appeared to a soldier
called John. This soldier dug up the saint's relics and found them to
be completely uncorrupt, and many of the sick received healing from
them. Thus God glorified him who glorified Him while in the body.
2. The Hieromartyr Cornutus, Bishop of Iconium.
Born in Nicomedia, in the village of Sarsalus, he was already very old
when a persecution arose under Decius and Valerian. A torturer,
Perinius, came to Nicomedia and began to seek out the Christians. They
went out of the city and hid, but their aged bishop would not leave and
presented himself to Perinius, proclaiming himself a Christian. The
torturer bound him hand and foot and ordered that he be dragged through
the town until his blood flowed. He gave his holy soul to God under the
3. The Holy Martyr Julian, with his 40 companions.
They all suffered in about the year 300, being first tortured and then
beheaded. In the face of death, St Julian prayed thus: 'To those who
take some of my dust, grant, 0 Lord, the forgiveness of their sins and
the subduing of their passions; may marauding birds never invade their
fields, nor grasshoppers nor caterpillars, nor any other such dangerous
or deadly thing; and do Thou receive my soul in peace.'
4. Our Holy Father Daniel of Thasos.
of St Joannicius the Great and was present when Joannicius visited the
island of Thasos, where the people besought him to free them from an
infestation of snakes. The saint prayed to God, and the snakes, in
large numbers, rushed into the sea and were drowned.
5. The Holy Martyrs Macedonius, Tatianus and Theodulus.
They suffered for Christ the Lord in the time of Julian the Apostate at
Myropolis in Phrygia. They were harshly tortured for destroying the
statue of an idol, and burned on an iron grid until they gave their
souls to God. While they were burning over the fire, these courageous
men cried out mockingly to the torturer: 'Why not try our meat, to see
if it's done!', and also, like the glorious archdeacon Laurence: 'Turn
us over; we're done on this side!' Seeing and hearing the holy martyrs
on the fire, the torturers were infinitely more confused and frightened
than they were.