Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Edesius, Martyr

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Saint Edesius was the brother of Saint Appian, the martyr of Cesarea, and had been forced to embrace Christianity by the emptiness and barrenness of pagan philosophy, to which he had originally been devoted. His vigorous defence of the faith subjected him several times to exile and bard labor in the mines; but towards the year 237 Edesius made his way to Egypt, where the persecution of Maximinus was then in progress. The outrageous insults and cruelty lavished upon his persecuted brethren in that region so filled Edesius with righteous indignation that he sought out the prefect Hierocles and boldly explained the purpose of his visit. Hierocles condemned him to be scourged and tortured in many ways, and finally ordered the body of the martyr to be hurled into the sea.

. . . Then,
How low on earth
God’s glory fell
On every side:
Chased from the land.
His servants fled,
Their wisdom scorned;
Much grief to him
Whose bosom glowed
With fervent love
Of great Creation’s Lord!
    – Caedmon

Favorite Practice – A calm but persistent warfare against human respect.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Edesius, Martyr”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 April 2021. Web. 20 October 2021. <>