Our Holy Father, the Martyr Acacias the Slipper-Maker
He was from the village of Neochorion, near Salonica. Being much ill-treated by his master in Serres, he became a Turk. After that, as a penitent and a monk, he lived at Hilandar. His poor and devout mother counselled him: `As you voluntarily denied the Lord, so you must now voluntarily and courageously receive martyrdom for our sweet Jesus'. The son obeyed his mother, and, with the blessing of the fathers of the Holy Mountain, went off to Constantinople, where he was beheaded by the Turks on May 1st, 1815. His head is preserved in the monastery of St Panteleimon.
* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
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