Saint Paramon and the Three Hundred and Seventy Martyrs who martyred with him
Date of celebration: 29/11
Agios Paramonos was martyred together with 370 other Christians in the middle of the 3rd AD. century, when the emperor was Decius, who had committed many murders of Christians. Then, near the Tigris River there were thermal baths. A fanatical lover of idols, the archon Akylinos, had also gone to these baths. When he made sacrifices in the temple of Isis, he ordered that Paramon and 370 other Christians, who had been arrested and kept in prison, participate in them.
But they all refused. And while the idolatrous sacrifices were being made, the believers of Christ sang “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (To Ephesians, v. 19) to their Savior. Aquilinus, enraged by their attitude, ordered them to be killed. The soldiers rushed at them, and striking them with their lances, tore their bodies to pieces. Thus, martyrdom and gloriously they all surrendered their brave souls to the crowning Christ.