Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta
was of noble birth. She was widowed young, and left with a newborn child, Cerycus. She lived in Iconium, a
city of Lycaonia, and was a very devout Christian.
She had her son baptised immediately after his birth and, when he was three
years old, instructed him in the Faith and taught him to pray insofar as a
child of that age is capable of learning. When Diocletian launched a
persecution of Christians, much innocent blood was shed in the city of Iconium.
Julitta took her son
and hid from the wrath of the pagans in the town of Seleucid, but things were no better there. Julitta was arrested as a Christian and brought to trial.
Seeing Julitta so courageously proclaim her faith in
the Lord Jesus, the judge, to distress her and make her waver, took the child
in his arms and began to kiss it. But Cerycus
shouted: 'I am a Christian; let me go to my mother!', and he began to scratch
the judge, turning his face away from him. The judge was furious, threw the
child to the ground and kicked it, and the child rolled down the stone steps
and gave his holy and innocent soul to God.
Seeing how Cerycus suffered before
her, Julitta was filled with joy and gave thanks to God that her son had been counted worthy of the wreath of martyrdom. After harsh
torture, Julitta was beheaded, in the year 304. The
relics of Ss Cerycus and Julitta
have wonderworking power to this day. A part of the relics of these saints is
to be found in Ochrid, in the Church of the Holy
Mother of God, the Healer."
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