Friday, January 20, 2017

Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma

Sts. Inna, Pinna and Rimma (Feast Day - January 20)

Verses

The athletes of the Lord were received with warmth,
Icy Inna, Pinna and Rimma.

These three Holy Martyrs were from a certain land situated in the northern regions. Being disciples of the Apostle Andrew, they helped convert many Goths who had settled around the Danube River, near Varna in Bulgaria. After being captured by the idolatrous barbarians, they were brought before the leader of the land. Having confessed Christ, they were sentenced to die by being exposed to the cold.


First these Saints were suspended in an upright position on wooden poles in the middle of the river. This is because it was winter time, and the slippery ice could not support the mass of their motionless weight. Enduring such torment, the blessed ones delivered their souls into the hands of God, and received the crown of martyrdom. They are reputed to be the first group of Slavic martyrs recorded in ecclesiastical history.


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