Eugene of Antioch, Mauritanian, the Great Martyr


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Icon within figured kyot, tempera, kyot of linden tree; fogged subframe, gilded brass frame, glass. Silkscreen painting.

Size: 8 x 10 in

History of the Saint

The Holy Confessors Eugene and Macarius were presbyters of the Antiochian Church. During the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363) they were brought to the emperor for trial for their refusal to participate in pagan indulgences. The presbyters boldly denounced him for his apostasy and were given over to fierce tortures, which they underwent with prayer and spiritual rejoicing.

After the tortures, they were exiled at Oasim, an oasis in the Arabian desert, and intended to settle there. The local people warned the saints about an enormous snake that lived there. The holy martyrs asked them to point out the place, and through their prayer a lightning bolt struck the cave, reducing the monster to ashes.

Saints Eugene and Macarius began to live in this cave praying that they might die together. The Lord heard their prayer, and they died in 363 at exactly the same time.

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