On August 18 the Latin Church celebrates the martyrdom of a young man named Ogabitos. He grew up in Palestrina. He was summoned to the magistrate Antijos during the reign of the emperor Aurelio. He was subjected to severe suffering that ended by being beheaded
There are some doubts concerning the facts of his suffering as written according to the Latin scholars. They might have been exaggerating.
It was stated that he was thrown in a dark cell in the prison for four days without food or drink. He became sick and exhausted. He could not endure the blare of the sun light after staying for a period of darkness. When asked to sacrifice for the idols he did not have the energy to answer, but only moved his head announcing his rejection.
Then the governor ordered that red-hot coal to be dropped on his head and shoulders. He was withdrawn from his feet and beaten. As he entirely lost consciousness, boiling water was poured on his chest and abdomen. They smashed his jaw with a stone. However, he remained alive. It was said that while all this happened, Antijos enjoyed watching the suffering of the Saint. Finally the latter fell from his chair dead.
Emperor Aureoles heard what happened in front of the magistrate. He ordered offering the Saint to the beasts in the public theatre.
The multitude was looking forward to this scene as usual to find pleasure in devouring animals to humans. The huge beasts quickly started to come at the feet of the sufferer and licked his feet as if they announced through the nature what the human beings had lost though their thoughts and logic. This scene greatly affected through the consoler Onstacejus and declared his acceptance of the Christian faith of faith on the spot. While they beheaded martyr Ogabitos outside the door of the city.
Butlerís Lives of Saints, Aug. 18.
May the Blessings of his prayers be with all of us AMEN
|Arabic biography source of: Agabitos Martyr|
|Translated by: Maged (servant of the LORD)||
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