The Holy Martyr John Calpha
(February 26)

This saint was born in Galata in Constantinople. He was an architect by profession. He offended the Turks by his wholehearted confes-sion of the Christian faith, and they tried to force him to become a Moslem. `I shall never deny my sweet Jesus Christ', replied John heroically, `I believe in Him, serve Him and confess Him.' After harsh torture, the Turks beheaded him in Constantinople on Feb-ruary 26th, 1575. He suffered with honour for his beloved Christ and went to the courts of the Lord.

* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
Four Book Edition - Translated by Mother Maria - Dates based on old church calendar.
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