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September 27, 2020

Matins and Divine Liturgy
Callistratus the Martyr

- Deb McDonnell -




Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions
Sunday, September 27
Matins ~ 8:30am
Divine Liturgy ~ 9:15am


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Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions

Saint Callistratus was a native of Carthage. An ancestor of Saint Callistratus, Neochorus, had served under the emperor Tiberius in Palestine, under the command of Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea, and was a witness to the suffering on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, His voluntary death and glorious Resurrection.

The saint’s father was a Christian, and he raised his son in faith and piety. Also like his father, Saint Callistratus became a soldier and excelled among his pagan military comrades by his good conduct and gentle disposition.

At night when everyone slept, he usually stayed up at prayer. Once, a soldier sleeping nearby heard Saint Callistratus invoking the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he reported this to the military commander, who in turn summoned Callistratus, interrogated him and wanted to make him offer sacrifice to idols. The saint resolutely refused to do this, so the military commander ordered that the saint be beaten. Then, covered with wounds, the saint was dragged over sharp stones. The beating and the torments did not sway the firm will and brave endurance of the sufferer.

The saint was sewn up in a leather sack and drowned in the sea. By God’s mercy, however, the sack struck a sharp rock and was torn open. Saint Callistratus came to dry land unharmed, carried by dolphins. Viewing such a miracle, forty-nine soldiers came to believe in Christ. Then the military commander threw Saint Callistratus and the believing soldiers into prison. Before this, all of them were subjected to innumerable floggings.

In jail Saint Callistatus continued to preach the Word of God to the soldiers and he bolstered their spirits for martyrdom. Summoned again before the military commander, the sufferers firmly confessed their faith in Christ, after which they were bound hand and foot and thrown into the depths of a great lake behind a dam. But there their bonds broke, and with bright faces the holy martyrs stood in the water, rejoicing in their Baptism, which coincided with the act of martyrdom.

Beautiful bright crowns appeared over their heads, and all heard a voice: “Be brave, Callistratus, with your company, and come rest in the eternal habitations.” At the same time, the earth shuddered and an idol standing nearby fell down and smashed. Seeing this, another 135 soldiers also believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. The military commander, fearing a mutiny in the army, did not put them on trial, but again imprisoned Saint Callistratus with his 49 companions, where they fervently prayed and gave thanks to the Creator for giving them power to endure such sufferings.

At night the martyrs were cut to pieces with swords by order of the military commander. Their holy relics were buried by the 135 soldiers who remained alive. Later, a church was built on the spot of their sufferings, as Saint Callistatus had foretold.

https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2020/09/27/102736-martyr-callistratus-and-49-companions



Deb McDonnell has been a member of All Holy Spirit, since its inception June, 2006. Deb worked for the Omaha Public Power District in the Engineering Division from May of...[more]
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Deb McDonnell has been a member of All Holy Spirit, since its inception June, 2006. Deb worked for the Omaha Public Power District in the Engineering Division from May of 1979, until her retirement in February, 2016, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Leadership from College of St. Mary, Omaha. Deb assisted her mom, Joan Rakes, in the office for a few months before accepting a position in the office as an Administrative Assistant. Deb active in All Holy Spirit's Sunday School, Philoptochos and Choir. Deb and her husband Jim have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 2 grandsons.