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Day 12 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Bashans, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.
The Twenty-Second Day of the Blessed Month of Tute
Martyrdom of Saints Kobtlas and Aksu,
his Sister, and Tatos, his Friend.
this day was the martyrdom of Saints Kobtlas and his sister, Aksu, the
children of Sapor the King of Persia and Kobtlas' friend, Tatos. Safor
was a worshipper of fire and of the sun. He inflicted many tortures on
the believers, and no man throughout the country dared to mention the Name
of Christ. His Son, Kobtlas, had a friend named Tatos who was a ruler over
the country of Maydasayeen. Certain people laid an accusation against him
that he was a Christian. The king sent a governor named Tumakher to find
out the truth about what was said and if it was true, to torture him. When
Kobtlas the son of the king, heard that, he too went to that country to
his friend Tatos. When the governor arrived and found that he was a Christian,
he ordered his men to cast him in a furnace. St.Tatos made the sign of
the Cross over the fire and the fire died out. Kobtlas marvelled and asked
him, "How did you learn this magic, O my brother?" He replied, "This is
not magic, but it is through faith in the Lord Christ." Kobtlas asked,
"If I believed, would I be able to do this?" Tatos answered him that with
faith you can do more than this. Kobtlas, the son of the king, believed
in the Lord Christ, then drew near the fire and made the sign of the Cross
over it, and the fire backed a distance of twelve cubits. The governor
sent to the king to inform him what had happened, and the king had them
brought to him. He ordered his men to cut off the head of Tatos who thus
received the crown of martyrdom. But his son, Kobtlas, was tortured by
him in different ways. He delivered him to the warden to torture him. He
cast them in prison and sent for his sister Aksu, so she might persuade
him to return to his father's belief. Saint Kobtlas preached to her and
turned her heart to the belief in the Lord Christ, then he sent her to
a priest who baptized her secretly. She returned to her father saying it
would be a good thing if he had what she and her brother had, for there
is no other but Jesus Christ. The king became angry and commanded to torture
her, and they did so, until she yielded up her soul in the hand of the
Then they tied Kobtlas
to the tails of horses and dragged him over the mountains until he yielded
up his spirit and then they cut his body and they cast it out for the birds
of heaven to consume it. When the soldiers departed, the Lord commanded
saintly priests and deacons to bury Kobtlas, and they went secretly at
night and took the holy body which was shining as snow. They hid it in
a place until the end of the days of persecution.
May their intercession be for us all. Amen.
Martyrdom of St.Julius El-Akfehas, the
Writer of the Biography of Martyrs
this day also was the martyrdom of St.Julius El-Akfehas, the writer of
the biography of the martyrs. The Lord Christ set him up to care for the
bodies of the holy martyrs, to shroud them and to send them to their homes.
The Lord brought blindness into the hearts of the governors, and no one
objected to him. They never forced him to worship idols. The Lord protected
him to care for the martyrs. He used three hundred young men for this purpose.
They wrote the biography of the holy martyrs and sent it to their homes.
But Julius used to minister to the holy martyrs by himself and dress their
wounds. The martyrs blessed him, saying, "You must shed your blood in the
Name of our Lord Christ, so you can be counted among the martyrs."
When the reign
of Diocletian the infidel came to an end, Constantine the righteous reigned.
The Lord Christ wished to fulfill what the saints had prophesied about
him to be counted among the martyrs. The Lord commanded him to go to Arkanius,
the governor of Samanoud, and to confess the Lord Christ. He went there
where the governor tortured him many times, but the Lord strengthened him.
When the governor ordered to bring him to worship the idols, this saint
prayed and the earth opened and swallowed up the seventy idols and the
one hundred and forty priests who were serving them. When the governor
beheld the destruction of his idols and their priests, he believed in the
Lord Christ. The governor went with the Saint to the governor of Athribis
who tortured Saint Julius with great severity, but the Lord Christ strengthened
One day there
was to be a festival for the idols and they decorated the temple with ornaments
and lamps and with palm branches. They closed the gates till the following
day to start celebrating the festival. The saint asked the Lord to blot
out their idols and the Lord sent his angel who but the heads of the idols
and blackened their faces with ashes and burnt up all the palms, and all
the idols in the temple. On the following morning when the people came
dressed to celebrate the feast and saw what had happened to their gods,
they recognized their weakness. The governor of Athribis and a large number
of people believed in the Lord Christ. From there, the Saint went to the
city of Towa and with him were the governor of Samanoud and the governor
of Athribis, and they met with Iskandros its governor. First he refrained
from torturing them, but later he ordered his men to cut off their heads.
Julius and his two sons, Tadros and Yunias, his slaves, and the governors
of Samanoud and Athribis and a great many people were martyred. They numbered
fifteen hundred. They took his body with the bodies of his sons to Alexandria
for it was there that they used to live.
May his prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God
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