Saints of the Day – Barbasymas and Companions, Martyrs


(also known as Barba’shmin, Barbascemin) Died 346. The persecution of Christians in Persia under King Shapur II was one of extreme violence and persecution. Three bishops in a row were martyred: Simeon Barsabba’e in 341, Shahdost (Sadoth) in 342, and finally Barba’shmin in 346, who was imprisoned with sixteen companions for 11 months. They were all tortured before being executed. After that the see of Seleucia-Ctesiphon was vacant for nearly 40 years; thousands of Christians perished, and many fled abroad during the persecution (Attwater, Benedictines).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2021. Web. 29 November 2021. <>