Three Christian Saints and their Converts

Martyr Saints Eulampius and Eulampia

Saints Eulampius and Eulampia (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License)

Nicomedia was an ancient city in what is now Turkey, founded in 712/11 BC as a Megarian colony and was originally known as Astacus.

According to recorded tradition, Eulampius was caught by Roman authorities during an attempt to buy supplies for Christians who were hiding in caves located on the outskirts of Nicomedia. Eulampius was severely whipped in public, and Eulampia, who was in the crowd and couldn’t contain her pity for her brother, emerged to embrace and comfort him.

The day following, the siblings were executed by being thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, then on a red-hot furnace but they emerged uninjured, so the two were beheaded together with 200 soldiers who became instant Christians after witnessing the miracles shown by the siblings.

Executed in 310 AD, under the reign of Emperor Maximinus II Daia, the siblings Christian Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia are venerated as 3rd century Christian Saints, with their feast day celebrated every October 10 of the year.

Martyr Saint Juliana

Virgin-Saint Juliana of Nicomedia
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Saint Martyr Juliana was born in ancient Nicomedia and now known as Turkey in the year 286 and a daughter of a wealthy pagan parents. At age 9, as was the tradition, her father, Afrikan, betrothed her to Eleusius, a rich young man of noble origin.The wedding was postponed to a later date until they attain age of reason because they were still too young to marry.

In those years Juliana learned about the Christian faith and got baptized. She turned to Christ with all her heart and began to live in exact observance of the Lord’s commandments.

Eleuseus in the meantime became the governor of Nicomedia. When the time of their marriage drew near, Juliana revealed to him that she was now a Christian, and could not enter into marriage with him unless he accepted her faith, saying: ‘What would it profit us to be united physically but divided in spirit?’ Eleusius was exasperated, and denounced her to her father.

Juliana refused machinations made by Eleusius just to marry him. Wrathful, Juliana’s father whipped her with all his might just to change her decision, but Juliana only said, “I worship Christ, I love Christ, I am not afraid to suffer tortures for Him.” Then her father turned her over to Eleusius for more punishments.

The governor overly charmed by Juliana’s beauty  first tried kindly to persuade her to denounce Christ and accept his marriage proposal to no avail. Then,  he threatened her with the worst of tortures. But neither his promises of earthly wealth, nor the fear of death could make her renounce Christ. He ordered that she be harshly beaten and tortured, then she was thrown into prison all torn and bleeding.

But the Lord restored her health in the prison, and she appeared before the governor whole and unharmed. She then found herself next in an overly heated furnace, but the fire mysteriously didn’t burn her. Concealed back in her cell, Satan appeared before her  as an angel. Juliana concluded that Satan’s message wasn’t good, so she prayed fervently to God, making the devil disappear right away.

Juliana’s firmness and the mysteries during her tortures, convinced many to believe in Christ the Lord. 500 men and 130 women were converted. The governor ordered them beheaded with the sword, and their souls reportedly entered into Paradise. After that Juliana, who was now 18 at the time, was executed in the same manner.  It happened in the year of 304.

For the wrong that he had committed, Eleusius suffered unlikely punishment. While sailing over rough seas, his ship broke up and he fell into the turbulent water. But a watery grave was not for him. A good swimmer, he swam to a nearby island, where hungry dogs waited, tore him to pieces and devoured him.

Holy martyr Julianna is venerated as a “patroness of chastity and purity.” Parts of her relics are preserved in many churches.’

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