Oil dedicated to Martyr St Arcadius on prayer cloth
Martyr St Arcadius was a native of Africa and most probably suffered in Caesarea. A furious persecution during which the Christians were cruelly dragged before the idols to sacrifice was raging. When Arcadius withdrew to a solitary place where he employed his time in fasting and in prayer.
Meanwhile, as he appeared not at the public sacrifices, soldiers dispatched to surprise him in his house, but not finding him, they arrested one of his relatives, order to make him discover the retreat of his kinsman.
Arcadius was unwilling that another should suffer on his account, and presented himself to the governor, saying that his relative might discharged, as he had come to answer for himself.
The judge said he would release the prisoners only if Arcadius would publicly sacrfice to a pagan god, Arcadius declined.
As he mutilated to death, he continued to preach Jesus to the watching pagans. Having finished his discourse, he placidly gave his soul to his Redeemer, on the 12th of January.
This martyrdom filled the idolaters with confusion, and inspired the Christians with a great desire of laying down their lives for Jesus Christ. They afterwards collected the scattered limbs of the martyr, and gave them honorable burial.
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