Orthodox/Catholic Remembrance Day: 7 November



* in Tyana, today Kemerhisar near Niġde in Turkey
290 in Melitene, today Battalgazi in Turkey

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Hieron was captured in the persecution of Christians under Emperor Diocletian by the governor Lysias and taken to Melitine. Here he strengthened his 34 fellow prisoners in the faith and caused only one of them, Victor, to fall away from the faith. While still in prison, he bequeathed most of his fortune to his mother and the rest to his sister Theotimia. Hieron was first cut off his hand, then he was scourged with the others and finally beheaded. On the way to the place of execution, they sang Psalm (119:1): Well done to those whose way is perfect, who live in the Lord’s direction.


Nicander and Hesychius are still mentioned as names of the Companions in the Martyrologium Romanum of 1956/1962, the Orthodox tradition also knows the names Athanasius, Mamas, Barachius, Kallinikos, Theogenes, Nikon, Longinus, Theodore, Valerius, Xanthius, Theodoulos, Callimachus, Eugene, Theodochus, Ostrychius, Epiphanius, Maximian, Ducitius, Claudian, Theophilos, Gigantius, Dorotheos, Theodotus, Castrychius, Anikletus, Theomelius, Eutychius, Hilarion, Diodotus and Amonitus. Sometimes the fallen Victor is mistakenly added.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Hieron und Gefährten, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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