Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Silas, Fellow Worker of St. Paul; Margaret of Antioch, Virgin, Martyr

Today we commemorate Silas and Margaret. Silas accompanied Paul as an evangelist to Turkey, Greece, and Macedonia.

Margaret was born in Antioch and was a daughter of a pagan priest. She was scorned by her father for her Christian faith and lived in Turkey with her foster-mother keeping sheep. The governor of the Roman Diocese of the East offered her marriage if she would renounce Christianity. When she refused, she was cruelly tortured, during which various miraculous incidents occurred. She was put to death in A.D. 304.

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