Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Daily Domestic Clips 04/13/2011 (a.m.)

  • "Sabas the Goth of Wallachia , Lector, martyrAlso Sabbas, Saba, SavasDied in 372; tortured to death, body thrown into the river Mussovo, CappadociaCommemorated April 12Patronage: lectors (readers), torture victimsIn art, Saint Sabas is sometimes pictured suspended by his fingers from a figtree, or being thrown into a river.St. Sabashttp://www.proclaimnet.net/patron.htm#SabasAlso known as Sabbas the Goth, a martyr in the area of modern Romania.Died 372. The account of the martyrdom of Saint Sabas was recorded in a lettersoon after his death at the hands of a Gothic ruler north of the Danube. SaintJerome tells us that King Athanaric of the Goths began persecuting Christians inhis tribe about 370. Sabas, converted to Christianity in his youth, was Lectorto the priest Sansala, apparently at Targoviste in modern Romania.We are told that Sabas exemplified the Christian virtues of obedience andhumility, and that he loved to sing the divine praises in church and decoratethe altar. His desire for chastity was so great that he refrained from evenspeaking to women unless it was absolutely necessary. Most of all, Sabas lovedthe truth.Sabas denounced the practice of some Christians of pretending to eat meatoffered to pagan gods though in reality it had not been sacrificed to the godsby arrangement with some officers. He said that they had renounced the faith bytheir pretense. For this, he was forced into exile but later was allowed toreturn.During another persecution the following year, some Christians swore that therewere no Christians among them. Sabas loudly proclaimed his Christianity. Afterhis first arrest, he was released as an insignificant fellow, owning nothing butthe clothes on his back, 'who can do us neither good nor harm.'Just before Easter 372, the persecution was renewed. Atharidus and his troopsbroke into the lodgings of the sleeping Sansala, bound him, and threw him on acart. They pulled Sabas

    tags: Catholic Saints

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