Martyrs Dada, Maximus and Quinctilian suffered under the emperor
Diocletian (284-305), who issued a decree requiring everyone to offer
sacrifice to the pagan gods during the public festivals, and to put
Christians to death.
Tarquinius and Gabinius, the emperor's representatives in Dorostolum,
made a sumptuous feast, attended not only by the inhabitants of the
city, but also people from the surrounding villages.
After the festivities, someone reported to the emperor that three
brothers, Dada, Maximus and Quinctilian, did not obey the imperial
decree and withdrew themselves into the Ozovia forest. Soldiers were
sent after them, who caught the holy brothers at prayer and led them
forth for trial.
The governors interrogated the brothers, who confessed themselves
Christians. Tarquinius offered to make St Maximus a pagan priest of
Zeus, but the saint called Zeus a foul adulterer and again confessed the
Tarquinius attempted to reason with Sts Dada and Quinctilian. They said
that their brother was well versed in the Holy Scripture and they would
follow him in everything. They threw the martyrs into prison, but they
thought only of the salvation of their souls. At midnight when the
saints were asleep, the devil appeared to them. When the martyrs woke,
they beheld an angel who said, "Fear not, for God your hope brings you
to Himself. He is not far from you and will sustain you."
In the morning, Tarquinius told the brothers that the gods had revealed
their will to him in a dream: they were to be put to death if they did
not offer sacrifice. The martyrs answered that the Lord had commanded
them to endure torments for His sake.
The tortures and interrogations continued for several days from morning
to evening. Finally, they sentenced the martyrs to death, led them out
under guard to their forest and beheaded them with a sword. SOURCE: