St. Fausta at Cyzicus, along with Sts. Evilasius and Maximus
Commemorated on February 6
The Holy Martyrs Fausta, Evilasius and Maximus, suffered during the persecution against Christians by Emperor Diocletian in the city of Cyzicus between 305-311.
St. Fausta was raised by Christian parents. Orphaned at a young age, she led a strict and virtuous life. Word that she was a Christian reached the governor, and the saint was sent to the eighty-year-old pagan priest Evilasius, who was ordered to turn the saint away from Christ.
The girl bravely confessed her faith and was subjected to many cruel tortures. Strengthened by the Lord, she did not feel the pain. She was locked up in a wooden trunk, but the torturers got tired of trying to saw it and burn it in the fire. The holy martyr, and even the trunk, remained unharmed, guarded by divine power. The pagan priest Evilasius was shaken by the evident and manifest power of God, and confessed himself a Christian.
Governor Maximus was sent to investigate the matter, and he began to torture the old man who had come to believe in Christ. Evilasius turned to St. Fausta and asked her to pray for him, after which he bravely endured the tortures. St. Fausta was thrown into a pit to be eaten by vultures, but the creatures would not touch her. The thirteen-year-old girl was then pierced with nails driven into her head and other parts of her body. Finally, she was thrown her into a boiling cauldron with St. Evilasius. During this time, the martyrs prayed for their torturers.
Seeing the faith and endurance of the saints, Governor Maximus also was converted to Christ, and prayed to God for the forgiveness of his sins. Thrown into the same cauldron in which Sts. Fausta and Evilasius suffered, he shared with them the crown of martyrdom.
Troparion (Tone 4) –
Your lamb Fausta, calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:
“I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering.
In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You.
Accept me as a pure sacrifice,
for I have offered myself in love.”
Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.
By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)