Readings: 1 Chronicles 13-14; James 1; Amos 8; Luke 3
This Old Testament prophet’s name means “servant of Yahweh”. The Book of Obadiah is attributed to this holy prophet.
Martyr Varlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304)
Martyr Varlaam lived in Antioch. Under the reign of the emperor Diocletian, he was arrested. After being taken to a pagan altar to renounce Christ, he refused. The palms of Varlaam’s hands were burned with a censor. Even though burned in his old age, he still refused to renounce Christ.
Martyr Heliodorus in Pamphylia (273)
Heliodorus lived under the reign of the emperor Aurelian. Like other faithful ones before him, he refused to renounce Christ and as such he was tortured and eventually beheaded.
Martyr Agapius of Gaza (306)
Agapius was persecuted and lost his life under the reign of the emperor Diocletian. Sources indicate that there were at least seven others with him who also died.