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Fall of Jerusalem

Commemorated in the Church of Jerusalem on this day:


For hagiographical references for the list of Saints for May 17th, see:

Angellight 888 06:03, September 1, 2012 (HST)


  1. (Greek): "Ἡ Ἐκκλησία τῶν Ἱεροσολύμων τελοῦσε κατὰ τὴν ἡμέρα αὐτὴ λειτουργικὴ Σύναξη στὸ ναὸ τῆς Ἀναστάσεως, γιὰ τὴν θλιβερὴ ἀνάμνηση τῆς καταστροφῆς καὶ πυρπολήσεως τῆς Ἁγίας Πόλεως ἀπὸ τοὺς Πέρσες τὸ 614 μ.Χ...Ὁ βασιλέας τῶν Περσῶν Χορσόης βοηθούμενος ἀπὸ 20.000 Ἰουδαίους ἐξάλειψε κάθε χριστιανικὸ οἰκοδόμημα καὶ 80.000 Χριστιανοὶ μαρτύρησαν."

    Following the Sassanid King Khosrau II's early 7th century push into the Byzantine Empire, advancing through Syria, the Sassanid Generals Shahrbaraz and Shahin attacked the Byzantine-controlled city of Jerusalem. They were aided by the Jews of Palestine, who had risen up against the Byzantines. ("F.C. Conybeare/Antiochus Strategos"). According to the account by the 7th century monk Antiochus Strategos, Abbott of the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified, the total number of Christian martyrs "was 66,509 souls" ("F.C. Conybeare/Antiochus Strategos"). According to the account in the Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church the total was "80,000" Christian martyrs (Great Synaxaristes - May 17).


  1. Μνήμη ἁλώσεως τῆς Ἱερουσαλὴμ. 17 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  2. Prof. F.C. Conybeare. Antiochus Strategos, The Capture of Jerusalem by the Persians in 614 AD. English Historical Review 25 (1910). pp. 502-517.