måndag, oktober 13, 2008
st. benjamin diakonen
Idag (och den 31 mars) firas minnet av Benjamin diakonen, martyr.
St. Benjamin was a Persian. He was a deacon in the Church in Persia and he was zealous in preaching the Gospel, bringing many Persians and Greeks to the faith. For this he was thrown into prison. One of King Yezdegeherd's nobles pleaded for him to save his life. The king offered Benjamin a deal. He would let him go free, if he would keep quiet about Christ. The Holy Deacon replied, "I cannot possibly do that. Those who hide the talent they have received will be given over to greater suffering." The king ordered that thorns be driven under his nails along with other tortures, until he entered into the Lord's rest in about 412.
Troparion (Tone 4)
Thy martyr, Benjamin, O Lord, by his struggle hath received from thee, our God, the imperishable crown; because, acquiring thy strength, he demolished usurpers and crushed the powerless might of Satan. Therefore, through his intercessions, O Christ God, save our souls.