Commemorated on March 18
The Holy Martyrs Trophimus and Eucarpion were soldiers at Nicomedia
during the persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian
(284-305). They distinguished themselves by their great ferocity in
carrying out all of the emperor’s decrees.
Once, when these
soldiers had caught up with some Christians, they suddenly saw a large
fiery cloud which had come down from the sky, thickening in form as it
drew close to them. From out of the cloud came forth a Voice: “Why are
you so zealous in threatening My servants? Don’t be deluded! No one can
suppress those believing in Me through their own strength. It is better
to join them and discover the Heavenly Kingdom yourselves.”
soldiers fell to the ground in fright, not daring to lift up their eyes,
and only said to one another, “Truly this is the great God, Who has
manifested Himself to us. We would do well to become His servants.” The
Lord then spoke saying, “Rise up, repent, for your sins are forgiven.”
As they got up, they beheld within the cloud the image of a Radiant Man
and a great multitude standing about Him.
The astonished soldiers
cried out with one voice, “Receive us, for our sins are inexpressibly
wicked. There is no other God but You, the Creator and true God, and we
are not yet numbered among Your servants.” But just as they spoke this,
the cloud receded and rose up into the sky.
after this miracle, the soldiers released all the jailed Christians from
the prisons. For this Sts Trophimus and Eucarpion were handed over to
terrible torments: they suspended the saints and tore their bodies with
iron hooks. They gave thanks unto God, certain that the Lord would
forgive them their former sins. When a fire had been lit, the holy
martyrs went willingly into the fire and there gave up their souls to
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