samedi 31 mars 2012

Saint BENJAMIN, diacre et martyr


Diacre et martyr en Perse en 420.

L’évêque de Ctésiphon en Perse ayant détruit un temple païen, le roi Yezdigerd déclencha une cruelle persécution de trois années. Benjamin, son diacre, fut arrêté parce que sa prédication convertissait beaucoup de mages zoroastriens. L’ambassadeur romain intervint en faveur de sa libération. On la lui accorda à condition qu’il cesse de prêcher le Christ. Mais il continua de plus belle par les rues et les chemins et les conversions se multiplièrent.

Arrêté de nouveau, il refusa d’abjurer : « Je ne sacrifierai ni à la cendre, ni au feu, Faites de moi ce qui vous plaira et agissez sans tarder. »

On le tortura en lui enfonçant des roseaux aiguisés sous les ongles, puis en l’empalant au moyen d’une broche hérissée de pointes.



The Christians in Persia had enjoyed twelve years of peace during the reign of Isdegerd, son of Sapor III, when in 420 it was disturbed by the indiscreet zeal of Abdas, a Christian Bishop who burned the Temple of Fire, the great sanctuary of the Persians. King Isdegerd threatened to destroy all the churches of the Christians unless the Bishop would rebuild it.

As Abdas refused to comply, the threat was executed; the churches were demolished, Abdas himself was put to death, and a general persecution began which lasted forty years. Isdegerd died in 421, but his son and successor, Varanes, carried on the persecution with great fury. The Christians were submitted to the most cruel tortures.

Among those who suffered was St. Benjamin, a Deacon, who had been imprisoned a year for his Faith. At the end of this period, an ambassador of the Emperor of Constantinople obtained his release on condition that he would never speak to any of the courtiers about religion.

St. Benjamin, however, declared it was his duty to preach Christ and that he could not be silent. Although he had been liberated on the agreement made with the ambassador and the Persian authorities, he would not acquiesce in it, and neglected no opportunity of preaching. He was again apprehended and brought before the king. The tyrant ordered that reeds should be thrust in between his nails and his flesh and into all the tenderest parts of his body and then withdrawn. After this torture had been repeated several times, a knotted stake was inserted into his bowels to rend and tear him. The martyr expired in the most terrible agony about the year 424.


St. Benjamin the Persian

St. Benjamin was a Deacon and martyr in Persia during the Christian persecutions of the fifth century. He was imprisoned, tortured, and impaled on a stake for preaching the teachings of Jesus Christ across the countryside. St. Benjamin displayed the courage and faith of many early Christian martyrs. Christians today are still in awe of his love and faith in Jesus.

St. Benjamin Prayer

October 13th - St. Benjamin Feast Day

Troparion (Tone 4)

Thy martyr, Benjamin, O Lord, by his struggle hath received from thee, our God, the imperishable crown ; because, acquiring thy strength, he demolished usurpers and crushed the powerless might of Satan. Therefore, through his intercessions, O Christ God, save our souls.


Many Christians give a Saint Benjamin medal, Saint Benjamin necklace, or a Saint Benjamin pendant for Baptism gifts to babies with the name Benjamin or one of its derivatives. The Saint Benjamin medallion is also an ideal gift for a young man making his Confirmation and taking the name Benjamin for Confirmation.

Honoring St. Benjamin

Venerating St. Benjamin is still practiced today, centuries after his brutal death at the hands of the Persian king. Followers of Jesus pray for the intercession of St. Benjamin that he will ask Jesus to bestow upon them the gift of faith and courage in the face of life's adversities. Christians wear a Saint Benjamin necklace or put a Saint Benjamin medal in their pocket as a reminder to remain true to the Christian faith and live a life of Christ.