The Holy Martyr Paul and his sister Juliana were executed
under the emperor Aurelian (270-275) in the Phoenician city of
Ptolemais. The emperor happened to visit Ptolemais, and among those who
met him was Paul, who made the Sign of the Cross. They arrested him and
threw him in prison.
On the following day, when they brought him
to trial, he openly and boldly confessed his faith in Christ, for which
he was subjected to fierce tortures. Juliana, seeing the suffering of
her brother, began to denounce the emperor for his injustice and
cruelty, for which she was also subjected to torture.
the martyrs, tore their bodies with iron hooks, burned them over red-hot
grates, but they were not able to break the wondrous endurance of the
Lord’s confessors. Three soldiers torturing the saints were struck by
the courageous spirit of the martyrs, and they in turn believed in
Christ These newly chosen of God were named Quadratus, Acacius and
Stratonicus, and they were immediately executed.
tried to seduce St Juliana with a promise to marry her, if she were to
renounce Christ, but the saint refused the offer and remained steadfast.
By order of the emperor they sent her to a brothel to be defiled. The
Lord also preserved her there, and anyone who tried to touch the saint
lost his sight. Then the enraged emperor commanded that they again burn
the bodies of the saints. Those who saw the suffering of the saints
began to murmur loudly, and Aurelian gave orders to behead the martyrs.
With gladdened face the brother and sister went to execution singing,
“For Thou hast saved us from those who afflicted us and hast shamed
those who hated us” (Ps. 43/44:7).