“Account of Pelagius a 13 year old Martyr” 10/23/16

“Account of Pelagius a 13 year old Martyr” 10/23/16


Good morning! Can we stand for prayer. Dear Lord we thank you for this day and this
opportunity to gather together, to worship you, strengthen each other, and encourage
each other, just ask that you would help us keep our thoughts and hearts pure. Help us to keep our eyes on you, In Jesus
name we pray, Amen. This morning I’m just going to read about
a martyr. It’s encouraging for me to see how christians
have gone before us and been successful, just hope that you could be encouraged by us as
well. It’s Pelagius, It is stated that about two
years after A.D. 925, a lad of 13 years called Pelagius was put to death for the name of
Christ in Cordova, which occurred as follows: His uncle, Hermogias, who is by some writers
called a bishop, having been apprehended and imprisoned at Cordova by the Arabian king
Aberdageron, said Hermogias, in order to be released, left his nephew who was only 13
years old in his stead as a pledge. Which for more than 3 years was not redeemed,
either through the neglect of his friends or because the king would not let go the youth. He was now very comely and well-mannered,
and in the meantime this lad exercised himself diligently in the christian religion, to prepare
himself for his martyrdom, which seemed to him to be drawing near. When he was about 13 1/2 years old he was
brought before the king and standing there immediately began to confess his faith, declaring
that he was ready to die for it , but the king having in view something else than to
hear the confession of the son of God, proposed to the youth, who was quite innocent in evil,
some improper things which this heir of Christ valiantly and in a christian manner refused,
willing rather to die and honorable death in the name of Christ than to live shamefully
with the devil and pollute both soul and body with such abominable sin. The king hoping that he could yet be persuaded,
commanded his servants to bind him with fair promises to the effect that if he would apostatize
he should be brought up with royal splendor at the court of the king. But the Lord in whom he trusted, strengthened
him against all the allurements of this world. So that he said “I am a christian, and I will
remain a christian and obey only Christ’s commands all the days of my life” The king,
seeing that he remained steadfast, was filled with rage and commanded his guards to take
him, suspend him by iron tongues, and pinch him and haul him up and down until he should
either die or renounce Christ as his Lord. But having undergone all this, he was fearless
as ever, and refused not to suffer still more tortures, even unto death. When the tyrant perceived the unmovable steadfastness
of this youth, he commanded that they should cut him from limb to limb and throw the pieced
into the river, as he thus stood before the king, dripping blood from his previous tortures,
and prayed to none than to Jesus Christ our Lord, saying, O Lord, deliver me out of the
hands of mine enemies. When he lifted up his hands to God in prayer,
the executors pulled them apart and cut off first one arm, then the other, thus also his
legs and lastly his head, and when this one done, the pieces were thrown into the river. Thus the young hero, and pious witness of
Jesus, ended his life on the 29th of June, A.D. 925, his martyrdom having lasted from
seven o clock in the morning until evening. If you have any comments you’d like to add,
feel free to

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