January 11, 2019

Holy Martyr Mairos

St. Mairos the Martyr (Feast Day - January 11)


Mairos cried out in his torments,
"Do not cower Mairos, but be stricken and crowned."

The Holy Martyr Mairos met his end by his torments.

This is most likely the same person as the Holy Martyr Maior who is commemorated on February 15th. There we read the following about him from the Synaxarion of Constantinople:

Saint Maior lived during the reigns of Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (286-305), and was a soldier under the Mauritanian regiment. While in the city of Gaza, he was accused to the ruler of being a Christian. Standing before the tribunal, he confessed to being a Christian, and for this he was continuously beaten for seven days with such vehemence, that thirty-six soldiers beat him one after another. Blood ran like a river from his body, so that it made the ground red. Bravely enduring such harsh punishment, the courageous contestant of Christ journeyed from the earthly military power to the heavenly military power, and delivered his soul into the hands of God, receiving from Him the crown of martyrdom.