St Artemius

St Artemius was martyred in the fourth century. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates his day on 20 October. St Artemius was a Roman general and the ruler of Egypt. A witness of the miraculous appearance of the Holy Cross to Emperor Constantine, he helped to transfer the relics of St Andrew and St Luke to the Church of the Apostles in Constantinople. St Artemius was tortured and beheaded during the reign of Emperor Julian. His relics rested in the Church of St John the Baptist in Constantinople. An old icon from Mount Athos suggests that Artemius was physically similar to Jesus Christ.

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