Saint Anastasius of Persia
- Saint Anastasius redirects here. For other saints of the same name, see Anastasius
(born with the name Magundat
), once a member of the Zoroastrian Magi caste
, became a convert of the Holy Cross
and was martyred in 628.
Anastasius was a soldier in the army of Khusrau II
(d. 628) when that monarch carried the True Cross
to Sassanid Persia
. The occasion prompted him to ask for information; then he left the army, became a Christian, and afterwards a monk
. His Persian name, Magundat, he changed to Anastasius. After seven years of the monastic observance, he was moved, as he thought, by the Holy Ghost
to go in quest of martyrdom and went to Caesarea
, then subject to the Persians.
Reproaching his countrymen for their magic and fireworship, both of which he had once practised, he was taken prisoner, cruelly tortured to make him abjure, and finally carried down near the Euphrates
, to a place called Barsaloe
according to the Bollandists), where his tortures were renewed while at the same time the highest honours in the service of King Chosroes were promised him if he would renounce Christianity.
Finally, with seventy others, he was strangled to death and decapitated, on January 22, 628. His body, which was thrown to the dogs, but was left untouched by them, was carried from there to Palestine
, afterwards to Constantinople
, and finally to Rome
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