January 28, 2022

True Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe

Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC)

New Martyrs Euthymius, Ignatius, and Acacius of Mt. Athos

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Commemorated on May 1

All three were monks on Mt Athos. All three had renounced Christ in their youth and embraced Islam, but had repented and pursued the Christian life with fervor. All three, at different times, returned to Constantinople and declared themselves Christians, dooming themselves to death under Islamic law. Acacius’ poor and pious mother told him, ‘As you voluntarily denied the Lord, so you must now voluntarily and courageously receive martyrdom for our sweet Jesus.’ All three were beheaded in Constantinople. The holy relics of all three are kept at the Skete of Iveron of the Venerable Forerunner on the Holy Mountain, where they had been monks. 

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