Saints Chrysanthos and Daria
Celebration date: 19/03
The Holy Martyrs Chrysanthos and Daria lived during the reign of King Numerianos (243 – 284 AD). Agios Chrysanthos came from Alexandria and was the son of a famous pagan, Polemon. But he was indoctrinated in the Christian faith by a Christian and baptized. When his father was informed of the fact, he imprisoned him and, in order to turn him away from the Christian faith, gave him to wife the beautiful Daria, who came from Athens and was a pagan.
But instead of Daria attracting her husband Chrysanthos to idolatry, the opposite happened. She also believed in Christ and was baptized. Then they reported them to the governor Celerinus, who handed them over to the tribune (battalion commander) Claudius. The torture began. But the determination and perseverance of the martyrs surprised Claudius, who together with his wife Hilaria, his sons Jason and Mavros and his soldiers (see same day) believed in Christ.
Then they threw Saints Chrysanthos and Darius into a pit and buried them alive. It was the year 283 AD.