There is a legend that after St Paul's return to Rome he preached at the court of the emperor Nero. By this his favorite concubine found faith in Jesus. For this he was tried. But though the grace of God was spared, in his own words, from the mouth of the lion (that is, from the wild beasts in the circus). But he was cast into prison. And after nine months of imprisonment he was beheaded by the sword as a Roman citizen.
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.
On 25 January 1918 armed men broke into the rooms of Metropolitan Vladimir and, to add to the humiliation, then took him to the laurels under the walls and shot him. Before his death, the Archbishop prayed and blessed his murderers saying "God forgive you." The brothers found his body mutilated with multiple stab and gunshot wounds.
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.
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.
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.