Commemoration of Saint Abaskhyron the Soldier 7 of Baouna/June 14

Saint Abaskhyron the Soldier or Saint Eskhayron the Soldier is an Egyptian Martyr. The name “Abaskhyron” is derived from two words, “Abba” which means father, is given to him due to respect (despite his young age in martyrdom). The second part of the name, “skhyron,” sometimes “eshseros,” “eskaros” means the strong.

Saint Abaskhyron was born in the third century in the city of Qallin, a governorate of Kafr el Sheikh. He was martyred in Asyut, Egypt. He was one of the soldiers of Arianus, governor of Ansena. When the Edict of Diocletian to worship the idols was issued, Abaskhyron arose among the people present, and refused to worship the idols. Immediately the saint stepped up and took off his soldier’s uniform and threw it on the ground, in front of the governor. This stirred the governor’s anger even more and order to throw him in the dungeon, a suffocating atmosphere and awful odor, where Christians were brutally tortured. Abaskhyron stay in prison, which was in the palace of the Governor, in Asyut, courageously and fearlessly ready to endure any pain. Five other soldiers agreed with Abaskhyron to shed their blood in the Name of Christ. Their names were: Alfius, Armanius, Arkias, Peter, and Cranius. The Governor crucified some and cut off the heads of the others.

As for Abaskhyron, the Governor tortured him with different kinds of tortures, but the Lord comforted him, strengthened him, and healed his wounds. The Governor order the greatest sorcerer, Alexandros to prepare poison to kill him. Abaskhyron took the poison, made the sign of the cross over it, and drank it, but no harm came upon him. The sorcerer marvelled, and he believed in the God of St. Abaskhyroun. The Governor cut off the head of the sorcerer, and he received the crown of martyrdom. The Governor became more enraged and tortured Abaskhyron extensively throwing him in the furnace and blinding his eyes, but the Lord sent his Archangel Michael, who drew his wings over the Saints eyes and healed him. Lastly Abaskhyron was beheaded and received the crown of martyrdom.