The Holy Martyr Meletius Stratelates, with 1218 soldiers and their wives and children.

Commemorated May 24 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Accused of the destruction of a pagan temple in the reign of the Emperor Antoninus, Meletius gave forth his holy soul nailed to a tree. Many solders under his command, who refused to deny Christ their Lord, suffered with honour in the second century, an went to the Kingdom of Christ our God.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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