The ruler ordered that the beautiful Potamina be raped of her clothing when she would be thrown in boiling tar but Basselidis pretended that he did not understand the command and asked her to descend into the pot with her clothes on. She considered this, a great generosity from him, for her love to the life of purity and for his desire not to disgrace her in front of the crowd.
Short time after her martyrdom, Basselidis was asked by his friends to swear for a reason. He cried that it is not lawful to swear at all confessing that he was a Christian openly. His friends thought he was joking, as heathens used to imitate Christian words and mock at them but the way he said it gave no doubt to his friends that he is truly a faithful Christian. They told Akela, who called him down to ask if it was true after being sure that he was a Christian. He released him from his duty and put him to jail.
The Christians, including Origen, asked him about the secret behind his changes. He said that St. Potamina appeared to him three consecutive nights to assure him that what she asked for him was going to happen. He ended his life by getting the crown of martyrdom. He was martyred by beheading on the following day.
O Lord, what You seek is love and kindness.
When it comes from a pure heart You reveal Yourself to it.
You give it truth, and offer it Your sacraments.
Long The Three Brides
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