Martyrdom of St. Metra the Elder
On this day we commemorate the martyrdom of St. Metra the elder. He was a believing Christian, a native of Alexandria. When King Decius reigned he spread the worship of idols and afflicted the Christians everywhere, and his decrees reached Alexandria.
Some people took the Saint to the Governor of Alexandria who asked about his faith. St. Metra confessed that the Lord Jesus is the true God. The Governor ordered him to worship the idols and promised him much money, but he refused. Then he threatened to punish him, but he did not give up his faith, saying to the Governor: "I do not worship but the Lord Jesus Who created the heavens and the earth". The Governor ordered that he be beaten severely and then he was hung from his arms. They then imprisoned him and slit his face and his temple with a red hot rod. Finally they cut off his head outside the city.
Holy Prophet Joel lived 800 years before the Birth of Christ.
He made prediction about the desolation of Jerusalem. He likewise
prophesied that upon all flesh would be poured out the Holy Spirit
through the Saviour of the world (Joel 2:28-32).
The Holy Martyr Uaros and Seven Teachers of Christians, lived in Egypt during the period of several persecutions against Christians (late III to early IV Century). Uaros was a military commander and secretly a Christian. He gave assistance to many of the persecuted and imprisoned Christians, visiting the prison by night he brought food to the prisoners, he dressed up wounds, and gave encouragement.
One time he conversed the whole night through
with seven Christian teachers condemned to death, who before had
been beaten and held in starvation. In the morning, when they
led the condemned to execution, Uaros marched together with them.
The judge, seeing the particularly strong faith of Uaros, gave
orders to subject him to fierce beatings, during the time of which
the holy martyr died. The Christian teachers were then beheaded.
This occurred in the year 307.
Blessed Cleopatra came from the village of Edra near Mount Tabor in Palestine. She was a contemporary of the holy Martyr Uaros and beheld his voluntary suffering. After the execution, blessed Cleopatra transferred the body of the holy martyr to her own country and buried him with reverence. Cleopatra had but a single and beloved son, John, who had attained the honourable rank of officer. To the great sorrow of his mother, John suddenly died. Cleopatra with tears of grief turned to the relics of the holy Martyr Uaros, beseeching him for the resuscitation of her son.
When Uaros and her son appeared to Cleopatra
in a dream, radiant in bright attire with crowns upon their heads,
she perceived, that the Lord had received her son into the heavenly
host, and was comforted. After this blessed Cleopatra started
to live by a church, built by her over the relics of the holy
Martyr Uaros and her son John, and she strove to acquire the grace
of God by good deeds. She distributed her property to the poor
and spent her time in prayer and fasting. After seven years of
righteous life the blessed saint reposed (c.327).
The PriestMartyr Sadok (+ first half IV Century) was bishop of a Persian district. When the Persian emperor Sapor learned that Sadok was preaching faith in Christ, he gave orders to arrest and imprison him together with 128 Christian believers. For several months they attempted to persuade the righteous to repudiate the holy faith, but not accomplishing this, they executed them.