AGAPIUS (Saint) Martyr (November 20) (4th century) A Martyr of Caesarea in Palestine. During the first years of the persecution under Diocletian, he thrice suffered imprisonment for the Faith. At last, again arrested by order of the Emperor Galerius and chained to a murderer, he was brought to the public amphitheatre to be cast to the wild beasts. His companion obtained the Emperor’s pardon and to Agapius also liberty was offered, but on condition of his renouncing Christ. He refused, and a bear was let loose upon him; but after having been terribly mauled by the animal, he was found to be still alive. Weighted with heavy stones, his body was then cast into the sea (A.D. 306). Saint Agapius is also commemorated with Saints Timothy, Thecla and others on August 19.