December 22 – Saints Chaeremon, Ischyion, and other martyrs
They were martyrs of those persecuted by Decius. They live in Egypt among other Christians who had been exiled. Many died of hunger, of the cold, eaten by animals… but if they decided to go return to the city, they’d be martyred. Chaeremon was a priest and bishop of an Egyptian City. He was elder when the persecutions worsened. He left to the mountains of Arabia and was never known of again. Ischyion worked for an Egyptian official and when he was asked to make sacrifices to the gods, Ischyion refused and was executed.
Let us pray today for all those in the Middle East and in Africa who are persecuted for they faith.