The Holy Martyr Zossima.

Commemorated June 19 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

A Roman soldier at the time of the Emperor Trajan, he courageously confessed his faith in Christ the Lord and endured many bitter torments. In the midst of his torture. a voice was heard from heaven: 'Be of good cheer, Zossima, and sign yourself with the Cross. I am with you.' Angels of God appeared to him in the prison. After manifold sufferings, he was beheaded with an axe in the year 116.

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

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