Andrew Strateletes and 2,593 soldiers with him in
"He was an officer, a tribune, in the Roman army in the time of the Emperor Maximian. A Syrian by birth, he served in his native land. When the Persians attacked the imperial Roman army, this Andrew was entrusted with the command in the battle against the enemy — whence his title: commander, strateletes.
A secret Christian, although as yet unbaptised, Andrew commended himself to the living God, and, taking only the cream of the army, went to war. Before the battle, he told his soldiers that, if they all called upon the aid of the one, true God, Christ the Lord, their enemies would become as dust scattered before them. All the soldiers, fired with enthusiasm by Andrew and his faith, invoked Christ's aid and attacked. The Persian army was utterly routed.
When the victorious Andrew returned to
By God's revelation, Andrew came to know of
this imperial command, and, taking his faithful soldiers (2,593 in all) with
him, went off to
On the spot where a stream of the martyrs'
blood flowed down, a spring of healing water sprang forth, healing from every
disease. The bishop, Peter, came secretly with his people and buried the
martyrs' bodies in that same place. They all suffered with honour at the end of
the third century and were crowned with wreaths of eternal glory, entering into
Sources: Ancient Faith Radio