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On the day of the pagan feast of December 20th in 107 AD, St Ignatius was taken into the arena of the circus and he appealed to the people: "Men of Rome, you know I was sentenced to death not for any crime but for the sake of my God -- the One I desire to embrace and to whom we all seek. I am His wheat, to be ground by his teeth; and so I will be to the animals, as to Him, pure bread." Immediately thereafter, the lions were released.

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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.

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At trial, St. Basil resolutely rejected the proposal to become a high priest of the emperor and was sentenced to death. Elpidifor paid money to appease the soldiers, and they allowed the saint to pray and talk with friends before his execution. After this, the saint said to the executioner: "Friend, do what you were ordered," - and quietly got up under the impact of the sword.

Arius pretended to agree to enter into communion with the Orthodox; but the Emperor, Saint Constantine the Great, made him wait a day. Throughout the night Saint Alekandr prayed, asking the Lord not to let the heretic enter into communion with the Church. In the morning, as Arius came solemnly into the church surrounded by his royal advisers and squires, he was struck by a disease: His belly burst and his insides fell out. St Alekandr died at 98, in 340.

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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."

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