Athanasius of Attalia

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The Holy Martyr Athanasius lived in Smyrna of XVI century. He was a poor and simple man, but was rich in faith. One day he was inadvertently involved in a religious dispute with a Turk. The Turk was educated and adroit with words, but Athanasius strove with all his might to uphold the truth of the Christian faith and its superiority over [[Islam]]. And finally they parted.  
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The Holy [[Martyr]] Athanasius lived in Smyrna of seventeenth century.  
  
But on the next day, Athanasius was summoned to trial, and met the Turk as his accuser. When the judge called on Athanasius to repudiate Orthodoxy and accept Islam, as he had given the impression of declaring to his companion of the previous day, Athanasius said: "I would die a thousand deaths before I would deny the Faith of Christ!"
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He was a poor and simple man, but was rich in faith. One day he was inadvertently involved in a religious dispute with a Turk. The Turk was educated and adroit with words, but Athanasius strove with all his might to uphold the truth of the Christian faith and its superiority over [[Islam]]. Finally, they parted.
  
And for this he was condemned to death and beheaded in the year 1700, January 7. His holy relics was buried in the Church of St Paraskeva in Smyrna.
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But on the next day, Athanasius was summoned to trial and met the Turk as his accuser. The judge called on Athanasius to repudiate Orthodoxy and accept Islam as he had given the impression of declaring to his companion of the previous day that he,Athanasius, said: "I would die a thousand deaths before I would deny the Faith of Christ!"
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And for this he was condemned to death and beheaded in the year 1700 on [[January 7]]. His holy [[relics]] was buried in the [[Church]] of St Paraskeva in Smyrna.
  
 
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Revision as of 13:50, September 24, 2006

The Holy Martyr Athanasius lived in Smyrna of seventeenth century.

He was a poor and simple man, but was rich in faith. One day he was inadvertently involved in a religious dispute with a Turk. The Turk was educated and adroit with words, but Athanasius strove with all his might to uphold the truth of the Christian faith and its superiority over Islam. Finally, they parted.

But on the next day, Athanasius was summoned to trial and met the Turk as his accuser. The judge called on Athanasius to repudiate Orthodoxy and accept Islam as he had given the impression of declaring to his companion of the previous day that he,Athanasius, said: "I would die a thousand deaths before I would deny the Faith of Christ!"

And for this he was condemned to death and beheaded in the year 1700 on January 7. His holy relics was buried in the Church of St Paraskeva in Smyrna.

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