Martyr Artemios (or Artemius) was from
a noble family and held in high regards by Emperor Constantine
the Great. He was promoted to the rank of Patrician and appointed
him as the Military Govenor of Alexandria and all of Egypt in
330. A.D.. Artemios spread strong messages of faith and salvation.
After the emperor's death, his son inherited the East and gave
Artemios the task of retrieving the relics of the holy Apostle
Andrew from Patras. With his success, the emperor awarded him
by naming him the ruler of all of Egypt.
Following the rule of Constantinus, Julian the Apostate took
the throne. He had a strong desire to restore paganism and sentenced
hundreds of Christians to death. Artemios publicly denounced
Julian, and was then subjected to terrible tortures, then imprisoned.
Artemios prayed while in captivity and in one instance Christ
appeared before him and said, "Take courage, Artemius! I
am with you and will preserve you from every hurt which is inflicted
upon you, and I already have prepared your crown of glory. Since
you have confessed Me bofore the people on earth, so shall I
confess you before My Heavenly Father. Therefore, take courage
and rejoice, you shall be with Me in My Kingdom."
Artemios further antagonized Julian
and refused to honor the pagan gods. In the end, the great martyr
was beheaded. Before his death, he prophesized Julian's impending
death. This prophecy came true. Julian left for war with the
Persians, and on his journey encountered an elderly man who agreed
to guide his army. The old man decieved him and led the army
into the Karmanite wilderness with no access to food an water.
With the army fatigued from hunger and thirst, they encountered
Persian forces. During the battle Julian, who wore no armor,
was mortally wounded by an unseen hand and weapon. Who killed
Julian is one of history's great mysteries.
In the 7th century, an unknown author compiled miracles of Saint
Artemios. He is invoked to work his miracles by those suffering
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