Holy Martyr Doulas was a pious Christian from the city of Praetoriada.
At the height of a persecution against Christians under Maximian
(305-313) they arrested him and sent him to trial under the Cilicia
district governor Maximus. Before the beginning of the trial the saint
firmly besought the Lord to grant him the words to denunce idol-worship.
At his interrogation, the holy martyr bravely confessed Christ and
forcefully denounced the false religion of the pagans and their gods
with their shameful human vices and passions. The governor tried to
confute his faith in Christ, but he was not able to resist against the
grace-filled words of St Doulas. The governor flew into a rage, tortured
him without pity and after interrogation sent him back to prison. At
each new interrogation the saint appeared strong in spirit and body,
prepared for new torture. At the final interrogation of St Doulas, they
broke his lower jaw, they broke his knees, and they bound him to the
chariot of the governor and dragged him about. In this way the holy
martyr died, having signed himself with the Sign of the Cross.
They untied his body from the chariot and threw it into the river. The
current carried the relics of the holy martyr to his native city. Dogs
of shepherds discovered the holy body. One of them sat and guarded the
body of the saint from birds, and another brought a shepherd's robe in
its teeth and covered up the body of the saint. The shepherds led
Christians to the body of St Doulas, who then buried it with reverence.