The 40 martyrs of Capadokia
These Cappadocian heroes were officers in the Roman Army, under the leadership of a pagan
The following day, the governor had another attempt trying to convince them to change their minds, but when he could not, he threw them back in the jail. Then, their leader
Upon that the governor ordered them to be thrown in an icy lake. And they were encouraging each other saying: “we go into the waters 40 people, and 40 martyrs we go to heaven.” However, one of them could not take the severe cold, and run out to the baths, where he fell down dead. This saddened the other 39, who persevered encouraging each others and praying. And suddenly a miraculous light appeared in heaven and angels were seen bringing down some 39 crowns for the martyrs. Upon that scene a solider who was present there, was moved by the God’s grace, and shouted out: “I am Christian”, then jumped into the freezing waters, and gained the crown of martyrdom; which was lost by the poor coward one. Hence the martyrs were again 40 as they desired to be. Their martyrdom was in
The Eastern Church takes pride in these holy martyrs, and offers them an ideal to follow for her children, especially the young ones, encouraging them to be faithful to Christ’s teaching and persevere until the end in his service, sacrificing for his sake every earthly glory. May their prayers be with us. Amen.