- Orthodox Remembrance Day: April 24
The martyrs Valentin and Pasikrates, both soldiers hailing from the city of Durostorum in Silistria (now Bulgaria), faithfully served under the governor Absolanos. At the time of their martyrdom, Pasikrates was twenty-two years old, while Valentin was thirty, exemplifying their youthful commitment to their Christian beliefs.
When a fierce persecution targeting Christians commenced, these brave saints fearlessly proclaimed their faith in Christ. During their trial, Pasikrates boldly spat upon the idol of Apollo, adamantly refusing to offer sacrifices to false gods. Witnessing his resolute stance, Pasikrates’ brother wept and implored him to yield before the idols, hoping to spare him from further suffering. However, the martyr demonstrated unwavering faith by placing his hand upon the sacrificial offering engulfed in flames and proclaiming, “The body is mortal and burns in the fire, but the soul is immortal and remains unharmed by these torments.” Likewise, Saint Valentine exhibited unwavering resolve and a willingness to endure any hardship for the sake of Christ.
As the martyrs were led to their execution, the mother of Saint Pasikrates followed closely behind, providing spiritual encouragement and urging her son not to fear death for the sake of his faith in Christ. In the face of relentless torture, both Valentin and Pasikrates remained steadfast in their devotion. Ultimately, they were beheaded in the year 288, sealing their status as holy martyrs.
The exemplary courage and unwavering commitment displayed by Valentin and Pasikrates continue to inspire believers to this day. Their martyrdom serves as a testament to the enduring power of faith, even in the face of daunting persecution and mortal danger. Their sacrifice stands as a reminder of the immense price paid by early Christians for their unwavering devotion to Christ.