The spiritual power emanating from the Apostle Peter was so strong that even his shadow moved to those lying on the street sick and healed them. This message was written shortly before the martyrdom of the Apostle Peter: "I know that soon I must leave off this my tabernacle (body), as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me." At the end of his life, the Apostle Peter went back to Rome where he was martyred in '67 by crucifixion upside down.
St. Alexius strongly cared about his flock, organized monasteries, and built relationships with the Kahn's Golden Horde. In 1357 Khan demanded that the Grand Duke send the saint to him in order to heal the blind Taydulu, his wife. "The petition and the case exceeds the measure of my strength" said St. Alexius "but I believe in One who gave his sight to the blind. He will not despise a prayer of faith." And indeed, by his prayer and sprinkling of holy water, the wife of the Khan was healed.
St. Mark, in anticipation of his end, hastened to leave behind a successor - Bishop Ananias and three elders. Soon after, pagans attacked the Apostle during a service, beat him, dragged him through the streets, and threw him into prison. At night, the Savior appeared to him and inspired him. The next morning a crowd of pagans again accosted him with the intent of taking him to be judged. But on the way, The Evangelist died with the words: "Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."
Saint Mina turned down an offer to sacrifice to pagan gods, and received a most cruel torment, after which he was beheaded in 304. The body of the holy martyr was ordered to be burned. Christians gathered at night, from the fire, the surviving remnants of the martyr and put his name on the temple which had been built to honor the end of persecution in the Great Mines of suffering and death.
Archangel Michael serves as the principal chief in the war against the dragon, the devil and the other rebellious angels. "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought against them, but did not prevail, and there was no room for them in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan.