Saint Dometius the Persian and his two disciples
Date of celebration: 07/08
The Holy Martyr Dometius was a Persian and lived in the years of Constantine the Great. He was taught the Christian faith by a Christian named Avaros. When the people of his house learned of this, they rebelled against him and Dometius was forced to leave them.
He fled to the city of Nisibis on the Byzantine border, where he was shut up in a monastery. However, he also left from there to come to Theodosioupoli, to the monastery of Sergius and Bacchus, where Dometius cultivated to a great extent the virtues of the Gospel.
The superior of the Urvel monastery, seeing the spiritual superiority of Dometius, wanted to make him elder. But Dometius’ struggle was not how to seize office, but how to avoid it. Because he learned from his Lord Jesus Christ, to be “humble in heart” which means, humble in mind and inner disposition.
That is why he left for the mountains and lived in a cave with two of his disciples. When Julian the Violator once passed by, he ordered to kill him. Julian’s soldiers found Dometius and his disciples chanting in the cave, where they stoned them to death.