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  • Daily Bread Tuesday, October 7 Eighteenth Week after Pentecost Saints of the Day: The Holy Martyrs Sergios and Bakkhos The holy martyrs were appointed to high positions in the army by the emperor Maximian (284-305), who did not know that they were Christians. Malevolent persons made a denunciation to Maximian that his two military-commanders did not honor the pagan gods, and this was considered a crime against the state. The emperor, wanting to convince himself of the veracity of the denunciation, ordered Sergios and Bakkhos to offer sacrifice to the idols, but they answered, that they honored but the One God and Him only did they worship. Maximian commanded that the martyrs be stripped of the insignia of military rank, and then having dressed them in feminine clothing to lead them th
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