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.
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. Theodore had already prayed his last prayer to God, saying, "Remember me, O Lord, for thy sake I have undergone the cross, iron and fire, and nails for the rise of thee." But God, in His great mercy, wished that the death of St Theodore would also be fruitful for his neighbors, like the rest of his life: He healed the mangled body of the saint and brought him down from the cross on which he had been left on all night. In the morning the king's soldiers found St. Theodore alive and well.
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."
In the year 326 St Hypatius returned from Constantinople to gangrene in the wilderness. He was attacked by followers and dissenters. Heretics wounded him with swords and staves and threw him from a high bank into the swamp. One woman struck the saint on the head with a stone and he died. The killer hid the body of the martyr in a cave where he was found by a farmer. He hastened to inform the city whose residents honorably buried the relics of their beloved Archbishop.
Martyr Sava Stratilat the Roman was beaten, scorched with candles, and thrown into a pot with the resin, but the martyr remained unhurt. Seeing his agony, 70 soldiers came to believe in Christ and were immediately beheaded with a sword. St. Sava was thrown into prison. At midnight, while praying, the martyr saw Christ in the light of His Glory. The Savior commanded him not to fear but to be daring. Fortified, the martyr Sava met the next day's tortures and was drowned in the river (+ 272).
The Apostle James calmly listened to his death sentence and continued to bear witness to Christ. One of the informants was called Josiah. When the apostle was led to execution, Josiah fell at his feet, confessed his sin and begged for forgiveness. The Apostle hugged, kissed him and said, "Peace be upon you, and forgiveness." Then Josiah publicly professed faith in Christ and was beheaded along with St. James in '44 in Jerusalem.
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.
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.