The Holy Martyr John Calpha.

Commemorated February 26 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

This saint was born in Galata in Constantinople. He was an architect by profession. He offended the Turks by his wholehearted confession of the Christian faith, and they tried to force him to become a Muslim. 'I shall never deny my sweet Jesus Christ', replied John heroically, 'I believe in Him, serve Him and confess Him.' After harsh torture, the Turks beheaded him in Constantinople on February 26th, 1575. He suffered with honour for his beloved Christ and went to the courts of the Lord.

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

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