Commemorated on January 25
The holy New Martyr Auxentius was born in 1690 in the diocese of
Vellas, part of the Metropolitan district of Ioannina in Greece. When he
was a young man, he moved to Constantinople with his parents and became
Later, he left his trade and went to work on the
ships, leading a sinful life in pursuit of worldly pleasures. His Moslem
coworkers turned against him and accused him of denying Christ to
embrace Islam. Fearing that they would denounce him to the captain of
the ship, Auxentius jumped ship and returned to Constantinople.
bought a small boat and earned his living with it. He began to regret
his previous conduct, and the desire for martyrdom grew within him. One
day, a monk got into his boat in order to cross the water. This was
Father Gregory, a monk of Xeropotamou Monastery on Mt. Athos.
revealed to Father Gregory his desire to be a martyr for Christ. The
wise monk praised his desire, but urged caution lest he should weaken
under torture and deny Christ. He recommended that Auxentius move to a
quiet place and become a monk. Heeding Father Gregory’s advice,
Auxentius continued to work with his boat for a time, giving most of his
money to the poor, and living as an ascetic.
prayed at the church of the Life-Giving Fountain, asking God to give him
strength to become a martyr. Then he returned to his old ship, where
his former shipmates began to beat him. They dragged him before the
kadi, stating that he had converted to Islam, but then returned to
Auxentius said, “I was, and am, an Orthodox Christian. I am prepared to suffer thousands of tortures for the sake of Christ.”
furious Hagarenes began to beat Auxentius with an iron bar. He lost an
eye and several teeth as a result. He remained steadfast in confessing
Christ, in spite of all the tortures that were inflicted upon him, and
absolutely refused to become a Moslem.
Father Gregory went to see
Auxentius in prison, and was asked to bring him Holy Communion on his
next visit. The monk did this, also urging him to remain strong in the
The holy martyr was brought before the vizier, who
urged him to respect Islam as good and true, instead of treating it
with contempt. Saint Auxentius answered that he would never abandon his
faith. In fact, he even urged the vizier to become a Christian. This
enraged the vizier, and he sentenced Auxentius to death.
praying for all Orthodox Christians, and for the whole world, Saint
Auxentius was beheaded on January 25, 1720 at 9:00 A.M. Two days later, a
heavenly light was seen by Christians and Moslems, shining on the body
of the martyr.
The sultan’s tailor, an Orthodox Christian named
Michael, went to the sultan and asked for the body. Patriarch Jeremiah
III accompanied the body to the Church of the Life-Giving Fountain for
the funeral and burial.
Two years later, when the saint’s relics were exhumed, a sweet fragrance came forth from them.
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