St. Eustathius Placidus
Eustathius Placidus is said to have been a general under Trajan or Hadrian
who converted to Christianity after a vision in which Christ in the form
of a stag with a cross between its antlers spoke to him. His family also
converted and lost everything. Eustathius was separated from them through
a series of misfortunes. He was later recalled to save Rome and was
condemned to die when he refused to offer thanksgiving to the pagan gods.
Miraculously reunited, the family was burned inside a brazen bull.
The passio of Eustathius exists in a Coptic manuscript as well as in two
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