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Holy martyr Eubotius (or Eubiotos) lived during the reign of Emperor Maximian in 298. He came from a village called Ptoketon, which lies in the province which is called "of Opsikios". He was born and brought up there and that is where he also reached the end of his life. Because the saint led a life pleasing to God and worked every kind of virtue, he suffered a lot of harm from the Greeks moving from place to place and being beaten. Moreover, he suffered exceedingly because he performed many miracles and through them he made many unbelievers return to the faith of Christ. Once, after he had been roughly beaten by the Greeks with sticks and stones, he was thrown into the fire. But, because he was kept harmless through the grace of Christ, many people who saw this, were amazed, believed in Christ and were baptised at the Church there, which was established by the apostles Paul and Silas.

When Leontios, the governor of Kyzikos (Cyzicus), was informed of this, he sent men to fetch the saint bound in front of him and immediately ordered to hit him on his mouth, jaws and cheeks with stones. Then they hung him on a tree and they tore his body apart with whips. Next they threw him to the lions to eat him. But, because he was kept unharmed, they locked him in prison. When many Greeks saw this admirable thing, they hastened to the faith of Christ and were baptised. The governor, however, ordered the gladiators to kill the saint. But they killed each other, because darkness had come on them. The martyr was kept unharmed and was thrown again in prison. Twenty-two days later a God-sent and joyous message was heard: Constantine was coming from the western parts of Europe to the east to fight the tyrant Maximian who was so scared that he ordered the Christians should be set free from prisons and chains. That is when this great saint Eubotius was set free from his chains, returned to his cell, lived for five more years, and, after he had performed many more miracles, commended his spirit to the Lord in peace in 318. The Church remembers him as a martyr (though he was not killed) on December 18.


Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year by St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain (18th century) [1]