• August 21st - St. Bassa and Companions

    From rich@1:15/0 to All on Sun Aug 20 10:01:55 2017
    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    August 21st - St. Bassa and Companions, Martyrs in Edessa

    The Martyress Bassa with her sons Theognios, Agapios and Pistos, lived
    in the city of Macedonian Edessa and she was married to a
    pagan-priest. From childhood she had been raised in the Christian
    faith, which she passed on to her sons. During the time of the emperor
    Maximian Galerius (305-311), the husband reported to the governor on
    his wife and children. All of them, in spite of threats, refused to
    offer sacrifice to idols. They took the eldest son, Theognios, and
    tore at him with iron claws. They flayed the skin of the lad Agapios
    from head to chest, but the martyr did not utter a sound. Finally,
    they began to torture also the youngest son Pistos. The mother did not
    hesitate to encourage them to endure the suffering for Christ.

    Then they beheaded the lads. (By one account, the three martyred
    brothers suffered at Edessa in Macedonia; by another account--at
    Larissa in Thessaly their homeland). They locked up Saint Bassa in
    prison and exhausted her with hunger, but an Angel strengthened her
    with heavenly food. Under successive tortures she remained unharmed
    from fire, water and beasts. When they brought her to a pagan temple,
    she shattered the statue of Zeus. Then they threw the martyress into a whirlpool in the sea. But to everyone's surprise a ship sailed up, and
    three radiant men pulled her up (the Monk Nikodemos of the Holy
    Mountain suggested, that these were her children, martyred earlier).
    After 8 days Saint Bassa came by ship to the governor of the island of
    Alona, not far from Kyzika, in the Prepontid or Marmora Sea. After a
    beating with canes they beheaded her.

    It is known, that around the year 450 there already existed at
    Chalcedon a church in honour of the holy Martyress Bassa.


    Saint Quote:
    From humility of heart proceed serenity of mind, gentleness of
    conduct, interior peace, and every good.
    --St. Paul of the Cross

    Bible Quote:
    "Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me
    declares Yahweh Sabaoth! *Strike the shepherd, scatter the sheep! And
    I shall turn my hand against the young! So it will be, throughout the country--declares Yahweh Sabaoth--two-thirds in it will be cut off and
    the other third will be left. I shall pass this third through the
    fire, refine them as silver is refined, test them as gold is tested.
    He will call on my name and I shall answer him; I shall say, 'He is my
    people,' and he will say, 'Yahweh is my God!' [Zechariah 13:7-9]

    *Strike the shepherd=E2=80=A6scatter the sheep!: in Matthew's Gospe=
    l (26:31)
    Jesus makes use of this text before his arrest in the Garden of
    Gethsemane and the flight of the disciples.


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    Prayer to St. Michael for protection of the Church and her members:
    O glorious St. Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus
    Christ, come to the assistance of this Church, against which the powers of
    hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august head, and obtain
    that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive. O
    glorious Archangel St. Michael, watch over us during life, defend us
    against the assaults of the demon, assist us especially at the hour of
    death; obtain for us a favorable judgement, and the happiness of beholding
    God face to face for endless ages. Amen.



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