Book of Saints – Forty Armenian Martyrs

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(Saints) (March 9) (4th century) Forty Christian soldiers put to death by the Emperor Licinius at Sebaste in Armenia, A.D. 320, at the close of the great persecution. They were exposed naked on the ice of a frozen lake, a warm bath being placed on the bank as a temptation to apostatise. One fell, but his place was taken by one of the guards, converted to Christianity by witnessing the courage of the rest. On the morrow all were dead, save the youngest among them. His brave mother carried her child after the corpses of the rest until he too expired in her arms, and then laid his body by their side.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Forty Armenian Martyrs”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 June 2017. Web. 17 May 2021. <>