12 January 2022 (MIA)
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
St. Anysia, Martyr
Anysia lived in the region of Thessalonica, under the governorship of Dulcitius. She was the daughter of rich and noble parents who had died and left her an orphan, but she used her personal funds to aid the poor. Under the reign of the cruel Maximian Galerius, there was much persecution of Christians. Christians were unable to worship in the open so would meet secretly. One day as she left her home to go to the assembly of the faithful, she passed by the gates of Cassandra. A soldier accosted her in the street and tried to drag her to a pagan sacrifice. Anysia resisted and was killed when the soldier attacked her with his sword.
St. Arcadius, martyr
Arcadius was a man noted for his noble birth and for his miracles. The time of this saint’s martyrdom was under Valerian, and it seems he has suffered in some city of Mauritania, probably the capital, Caesarea. Valerian started a bloody war against the servants of Jesus and every day new sacrileges were committed. Arcadius, seeing his city in great confusion, left his estate and withdrew to a solitary place in the neighboring country, serving Jesus Christ in watching, prayer, and other exercises of a penitential life. Presenting himself to the judge he said: “Invent what torments you please; but know that nothing shall make me a traitor to my God.” The soldiers executed him slowly, by cutting off his limbs joint by joint.