May 17 - St. Silvanus, Bishop of Gaza

The saint unceasingly preached the Holy Gospel, bringing many pagans into the bosom of the Orthodox Church . . .

The Holy Hieromartyr Silvanus, Bishop of Gaza

St. Silvanus lived in the city of Gaza during the rule of Emperor Diocletian. In the world, Silouan was a soldier, but wishing to serve the Heavenly King, he became a priest. The people respected and loved the priest Silvanus, who was on fire for the faith of Christ. For this reason he was ordained the bishop of Gaza.

The saint unceasingly preached the Holy Gospel, bringing many pagans into the bosom of the Orthodox Church. They, having renounced their false gods, were enlightened with the light of the true faith.

When the emperor Diocletian declared the persecution of Christians, Bishop Silvanus was seized and brought to trial in Caesarea. They tried to force him to renounce Christ by torture, but he endured it all. Then he was sentenced to hard labour in the copper mines.

Although he was completely exhausted by the hard labour, he always remained cheerful in spirit. He tirelessly preached Christ to everyone around him.

The pagans chopped off the saint's head, unable to repress their hatred for him any longer. Forty others who had believed in Christ because of St. Silvanus were martyred with him. They were martyred in 301 A.D.

The seventeenth of May is the feast day of the Holy Hieromartyr Silvanus, Bishop of Gaza.

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