Saint Agapius of Palestine
- This is an article about the Christian martyr who died in AD 303-304. For other uses, see Agapius (disambiguation).
Saint Agapius of Palestine (Greek Άγιος Αγάπιος, from the Gr. αγάπη, love) was a Christian martyr from Gaza, beheaded along with seven others by order of Urban, governor of Palestine, in the year 303 or 304 under the Great Persecution of Diocletian. Eusebius records that Timolaus of Pontus, Dionysius from Tripolis in Phœnicia, Romulus, said to have been sub-deacon of the parish of Diospolis, Plæsius of Egypt, and two men named Alexander, one from Gaza and the other from Gazahad. These six young men bound themselves and surrendered to Urban in the hopes of becoming martyrs. They openly professed their Christianity and said that their faith made them unafraid of the wild animals of the arena. Urban had them put into prison. A few days later they were joined by two others, one a certain Dionysius, and the other Agapius, who is said to have been tortured in the past for his faith. All eight were beheaded in Caesarea Maritima on the same day.
His feast day is observed on March 24. The Greek Orthodox Church observes his memory on March 15.
- Eusebius, Martyrs of Palestine 3.4 Eusebius Martyrs of Palestine Chapter 3
- St. Agapius: Catholic Online, Saints & Angels
- St. Agapius and his Companions: Society of Clerks Secular of St. Basil
- St. Agapius and the seven with him: Serbian Orthodox Church
- Agios Agapios and the Marturs with him: Plesios, Romylos, Timolaos, Alexandros, Alexandros (other), Dionysios and Dionysios (other). Orthodoxos Synaxaristes (in Greek language)
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