On this day also, St. Julius of Aqfahs
(El-Akfehasi), the writer of the biography of martyrs, was martyred. The Lord
Christ appointed him to care for the bodies of the holy martyrs, to shroud them
and to send them to their hometown. The Lord brought blindness into the hearts
of the governors, and no one objected to him. They also never forced him to
worship idols. The Lord kept him to care for the martyrs. He used
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 to St. Julius; to be counted among the martyrs. The
Lord commanded him to go to Arkanius, governor of Samanoud, and to confess the
Lord Christ. St. Julius went there, and the governor tortured him with many
tortures, but the Lord strengthened him. The governor ordered to bring him to
worship the idols. This saint prayed and the earth opened and swallowed up the
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 him.
Once there was a feast for the idols and they decorated the temple with ornaments, lamps, statues and with palm branches. They closed the gates till the following day to start celebrating the feast. The saint asked the Lord to blot out their idols. The Lord sent his angel who cut the heads of the idols, blackened their faces with ashes, 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.
The Saint then went to the city of Towa along with the
governor of Samanoud and the governor of Athribis, and they met Iskandros its
governor. First he refrained from torturing them, but later on 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 many people were
martyred. They numbered
His intercession be for us, and Glory be to our God, forever. Amen.
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