Depicted are Saint Blaise, Bishop of Sebastea (February 11), Saint Bishop Metrophanes (June 4) and the patrons of conjugal fidelity: Saints Martyrs Samonas and Gurias of Edessa and Habib (November 15). Above the blessing Christ.
Saint Martyr Blasius was bishop of Sebastea, today Sivas in Turkey, and lived in the 2-3. century. He was a doctor and later became Bishop of Sebastea, the then capital of the Roman province of Armenia. According to tradition, he suffered martyrdom under Emperor Diocletian. Legend has it that Saint Blaise hid in a cave because of the persecution of Christians, where he was guarded by wild lions, tigers and bears. He is considered the patron saint of Otorhinolaryngologists, brass musicians, tailors, shoe and hat makers, pets, against childhood diseases, against storm and wild animals.
Saint Metrophanes was Archbishop of Constantinople and was a nephew of the Roman Emperor Probus (276-282). His father, Dometios, had seen through the deception of idolatry through God's grace and had become a Christian. Afterwards he had settled in Byzantion with his two sons Probus and Metrophanes. When the 1st Holy Ecumenical Council met in 325, Metrophanes, already old and
sick, was no longer able to take part, but he sent his highest priest, the Saint Alexander (8/30), whom he trusted fully, to Nicaea.
Saint Samonas was friends with Gurias, who lived as an ascetic and priest in Edessa - today's Sanliurfa. They suffered martyrdom under the emperors Galerius and Maximianus. The deacon Habib is said to have buried the two. The three martyrs were worshiped together on a hill north of Edessa. They are considered to be the patrons of marital fidelity.
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