October 30, 2018

Holy Martyr Manuel

St. Manuel the Martyr (Feast Days - October 30 and March 26)


By the sword I shed forth a cup,
Manuel declared of his blood.

The Holy Martyr Manuel is also commemorated on March 26th with the Holy Martyrs Kodratos, Theodosios and the Forty others with them. They were from somewhere in the East. When they would daily see Christians being put to death by the idolaters, they together agreed to boldly confess their faith in Christ, in order that they may inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Of their own will they delivered themselves over to the ruler of that place, who at that time was examining and punishing many Christians. Standing before him, they confessed they were Christians. For this they were imprisoned, and after a few days they were taken out of prison, and they were suspended naked on wooden poles, and their sides were torn. Then they were dragged over caltrops, and finally beheaded, by which the blessed ones received the crown of martyrdom.