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Sts. Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus the Deacon

III/IV Centuries
The martyr Gurya was an ascetic at Edessa, and nothing is known of his life before his arrest during the persecutions of Diocletian. He and his friend, Shamuna, were, according to St. Jacob of Serugh, old men at the time of their martyrdom. The pair are said to have endured three days of torture, including having been hung upside down, before Musonius, the procurator of Antioch, ordered them beheaded. The fellow ascetics were buried together.

Deacon Habib, a martyr under Licinius, is said to have been buried in their tomb and is honored with them.

Karen Rae Keck


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