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During the reign of Isdegerd, the Christians in Persia had enjoyed 12 years of peace. In 420 a Christian Bishop, Abdas, burned the Temple of Fire, the Sanctuary of the Persians. King Isdegerd threatened to destroy all the churches of Christians unless the Bishop rebuilt it. Because Abdas refused, all the churches were destroyed and Abdas was put to death. A general persecution began and lasted 40 years. Isdegerd’s son Varanes, his successor, continued the persecution with more fury. St. Benjamin had been imprisoned for a year because of his Faith. His release was granted on condition that he never speak of religion to the courtiers. St. Benjamin felt it was his duty to continue preaching about Christ and neglected no opportunity to preach. After untold suffering and tortures, St. Benjamin died a Martyr about the year 424.
FEAST DAY: March 31