Abai (martyr)

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Died 363[1][2]
Venerated in Syrian Orthodox Church
Feast October 1

Abai was a martyr in Syria. He was killed during the reign of Shapur II. He is a saint in the Syrian Orthodox Church and his feast day is October 1.[3] He is included in Kalendarium Manuale Utriusque Ecclesiae Orientalis et Occidentalis.[4]

Abai is not to be confused with the Syriac saint Abhai.


  • Holweck, Frederick George (1924). A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co. 
  1. ^ Ignatius Aphram I. Barsoum (Ighnāṭyūs Afrām I), Patriarch of Antioch (2003). The Scattered Pearls : a History of Syriac Literature and Sciences. New Jersey: Gorgias Press LLC. p. 164. ISBN 1-931956-04-9. Retrieved 9 October 2012. ...Saba the youth and his companion Abai in 363... 
  2. ^ Death year is listed differently in two references – 363 in The Scattered Pearls and 460 in Kalendarium. His death year is listed as 363 in this article because that date corresponds to the reign of Shapur II, King of the Persian Sassanid Empire from 309 to 379.
  3. ^ Calendar of Historical Events, Births, Holidays and Observances. MobileReference. 2007. ISBN 9781605011097. 
  4. ^ Nilles, Nicolaus (1897). Kalendarium manuale utriusque ecclesiae orientalis et occidentalis (in Latin). 2. p. 379. S. Abai, m. in Perside, 460.