The Carmelite Review – Saint Anastasius the Martyr

Saint Anastasius the PersianA young soldier in the Persian army figures first in the calendar as a Carmelite, viz, Saint Anastasius the Martyr. At the time when Chosroes, the King of Persia, was carrying the true cross as plunder from Jerusalem, our saint became very inquisitive concerning the Christian religion. Prior to his conversion he lodged with a pious Christian, and whilst there was exceedingly moved by the holy pictures which adorned the walls of the house, and from this on Anastasius inquired daily into the true faith – was duly instructed and baptized. Soon after baptism the saint joined a community of monks, successors of the Prophet Elias, whose monastery lay about five miles from Jerusalem. After seven years spent in great perfection in this monastery, he obtained permission to make a pilgrimage. Whilst on his journey he was apprehended and cruelly tortured at Caesarea because he had the courage to reprove some public sinners. After many sufferings, borne with great patience, the saint was strangled, and afterwards beheaded. His body was left to be devoured by dogs, but was left untouched. The head of the saint is today preserved with great veneration at Rome. The rest of the relics are preserved in the chapel ad Scalas Sanctas, near Saint John Lateran.

– text taken from the article “Canonized Carmelites” in the January 1893 edition of The Carmelite Review magazine, author not listed