Saint Paramon and 370 other Christians together with him were victims of the severe persecution in the middle of the <>rd century initiated by Emperor Decius Trajan.
In January 250, he issued a decree and obliged the inhabitants of the empire on certain days to participate in the state celebrations and publicly offer sacrifices to the pagan deities for the good and security of the state, and to the autocracy.
In those years, thousands of Christians suffered and lost their lives in all areas of the empire, as well as professing other religions (except for the Jews, who were not affected by persecution). For all the people in the Roman Empire who did not worship the state cult of the god Jupiter and the "genius of the emperor" were considered state traitors.
Then in Eastern Asia Minor suffered and today the celebrated martyrs. Near the upper reaches of the Tigris River there were hot mineral springs. In the baths they also went the governor of the region Aquilinus, a fanatical idolater. There were altars of the god Poseidon, the pagan deity of the seas and springs of water, and of the goddess Isis. When he was about to offer sacrifices to these deities, Aquiline ordered Paramon and the other 370 Christians to participate, who had meanwhile been captured and imprisoned for disobeying the imperial decree. But all these believers in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, refused to fulfill the commandment. And while the ruler and the pagan multitude made sacrifices, the Christians sang hymns and spiritual songs to their Lord. Aquilin, angered by their attitude, ordered them killed.
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The soldiers rushed to them and began to kill them with spears and swords, even the bodies of some were cut into pieces. Thus the valiant martyrs completed their earthly journey and received heavenly crowns.
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