By indexer
113 days ago

St Chaeremon and St Ischyrion

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22nd December is the day for remembering two obscure saints from 3rd century Egypt, namely Chaeremon and Ischyrion. They suffered under the persecution of Decius, the Emperor of Rome from 249 to 251. Decius had ordered all citizens of the empire to make sacrifices to the pagan gods. Certificates were issued as proof that people had done so and had also their sacrifice witnessed. Christians, as might be expected, refused to make these sacrifices and were therefore easily identified because they were not able to produce certificates when they were demanded.

One way of avoiding the demand to make sacrifices was to escape to somewhere that the Roman officials would not think of going, and this was the course taken by Chaeremon, the elderly bishop of Nilopolis. He and a group of companions simply upped sticks and disappeared into the mountains of Arabia. That was the last that anyone ever saw or heard of him, even when fellow Christians later went to try to find him.

Ischyrion was a more traditional kind of martyr in that he did not escape but stayed put and suffered the consequences. He had been employed by a magistrate in Alexandria who insisted that Ischyrion renounce his faith and make the prescribed sacrifice. When he refused to do so he found that his employer could be a ruthless enemy, because he was then flogged and killed by being impaled on a stake.
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fortune It looks like you are walking baggage of world's history, you know so many facts and stories.
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indexer @fortune I have lots of books, which are the source of most of my articles - with due editing and fact-checking of course!
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fortune @indexer I love history, even wanted to study this science, but my relationship with years and centuries is very bad.
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indexer @fortune The stories usually fall into the right places in your mind! History is certainly fascinating - I have always loved reading it, and I sometimes regret not have done so at degree level.
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