Saints Marcianos and Martyrios the notaries
Date of celebration: 25/10
These Saints were notaries and grammarians of the Patriarch of Constantinople Paul the Confessor (see November 6), during the years of the Arian king Constantius (337 – 349 AD). Excellently educated both, they were courageous defenders of the orthodox truth.
When Patriarch Paul refused to agree with the Arians, he was exiled by the king to Armenia and drowned by the Arians there. Then the two Saints remained faithful to their pastor and steadfast in the orthodox doctrine.
Because the word of the Lord always dominated in their minds: “If you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples” (Gospel of John, v. 31). That is, if you remain steadfast in my teaching, says the Lord, then indeed you are also my true disciples.
Marcian and Martyrius amply demonstrated this when they were arrested by the emperor. They boldly confessed before him the true faith and tested him for his iniquities. Then, it was ordered and they were killed with a knife.