April 24

From the Prologue

When the judge urged Pasicrates and the martyr's brother Papianus, who had fallen away from Christ because of the fear of torture, to offer sacrifice to the idols, Pasicrates placed his hand in the fire and cried out: "The body is mortal and is consumed by fire but the soul is immortal and does not feel the visible sufferings!" However, his mother sustained and encouraged him to endure to the end. He was beheaded with Valentine and both took up habitation in the kingdom of Christ about the year 288 A.D.

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