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Artemius of Verkola

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The holy [[saint]] '''Artemius of Verkola''' (or VerkolskАртемий Веркольский) the [[Righteous]] Child [[Wonder-worker]] lived in Russia in the 16th century. He was only 12 years of age when he was struck dead by lightning. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on the date of his repose, [[June 23]], as well as on [[October 20]].
Because St. Artemius was killed by lightning, people at first believed this was God's judgment upon him. "Some years later, the village [[reader]] beheld a light over the place where the [[Incorruptibility|incorrupt]] body of the Righteous Artemius lay." [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=103006] His [[relics]] were taken to the church of St. Nicholas in 1577, where they performed numerous healings. In 1918, Soviets desecrated his relics and threw them into a well.
==Sources==
*[http://www.antiochianvillage.org/camp/liturgical/patron/startemius.html St. Artemius of Verkola] ([[Antiochian Village]])*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103006 Holy Righteous Artemius] ([[OCA]])
[[Category:Russian Saints]]
[[Category:Saints]]
[[Category:16th-century saints]]

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