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The Martyr Simeon: After the murder of the Apostle James, the first bishop of Jerusalem, the Christians chose in his place the Apostle Simon. During the reign of Emperor Trajan (98 - 117) the Roman governor told Atticus that Saint Simeon came from the line of King David (the Romans destroyed all descendants of King David), and professed the Christian faith. The pagans arrested St. Simeon, who at that time was already a hundred year old man, and after much suffering he was crucified on the…

Slavs from northern Skythia, Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma were disciples of Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. They were arrested for converting pagans and forced to renounce Christ and sacrifice to idols; they refused. At the time it was very cold; rivers were so frozen carts could cross them. Large timbers were put on the ice and the bound saints were gradually lowered into the freezing water. They died when ice reached their necks. They are celebrated Jan 20.

The Great Martyr Theodore of Tyrone was subjected to cruel tortures and thrown into prison. Here, during prayer, he was consoled by a miraculous appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. After some time the Martyr was taken from prison and subjeccted to various tortures again. Finally, seeing the firmness of the martyr, the leader sentenced him to be burned. St. Theodore fearlessly went to the stake, and there with prayers and hymns gave his soul to God about the year 305.

In the year 326 St Hypatius returned from Constantinople to gangrene in the wilderness. He was attacked by followers and dissenters. Heretics wounded him with swords and staves and threw him from a high bank into the swamp. One woman struck the saint on the head with a stone and he died. The killer hid the body of the martyr in a cave where he was found by a farmer. He hastened to inform the city whose residents honorably buried the relics of their beloved Archbishop.

St. Hildegard was a most remarkable woman. The German mystic was a poet, composer, writer, prophet, physician, & moralist. She fearlessly rebuked popes and bishops, princes and lay people. Her greatest work was on 26 visions dealing with God and man, creation, redemption and the Church. She composed a sacred cantata and wrote 50 allegorical homilies. She wrote a book on natural history, and another on medicine. Some of her ideas on blood circulation and mental illness were far ahead of her…

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My husband's favorite saints' story - Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (A.D. 320) - if you go to the link, you can read all their names!