The Holy Martyrs Juventius and Maximus.

Commemorated September 5 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Little is known about the lives of these two holy men, but their suffering for Christ is known from a sermon in their praise by St John Chrysostom.

They were soldiers in the time of the Emperor Julian the Apostate. In conversation at an army festival, they condemned the Emperor for his persecution of Christians. Someone told the Emperor of this, and he had them thrown into prison.

Some of the Emperor's men visited them, with the intention of turning them from the true Faith, telling them how many of their friends had denied Christ. To this, these great men replied: 'We must therefore stand firm and with courage, and offer ourselves in sacrifice for their apostasy.'

They were beheaded with the sword under cover of darkness, but their relics were found and discovered to have wonderworking power.

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





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