Isidor of Chios

Isidor of Chios
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St. Isidor of Chios May 14 On the Christian Island of Chios, a Roman naval officer named Isidor was a chance visitor. Little did he know that he was to perform of Christian duty that would cost him his life. Being a Christian, he could not reveal this as it was forbidden by Roman law. Though all Christians in theses circumstances knew that at some time in their life they would have to make a choice whether to follow christ of Caesar. At this time the season of Great Lent approaching and Isidor looked for a Christian Church to attend services. In doing so he was detected by another sailor and was reported to the commanding officer who hated Christian, He was Numerius by name. When Isidor was confronted, he declared that he was happy that his secret was out. He was stripped of his rank for refusing to renounce Christ and was brutally tortured and killed. His body was thrown down into a deep cistern which was guarded so that no one would remove his body for burial. But at a time when the guard was relaxed some Christian came a n rescued his body. When this was discovered the guard was ordered to find the missing Isidor or suffer the same fate. One of the people that rescued the body of Isidor was a woman from Ephesus that had come to Chios. Her name was Myrope and when she heard that the soldiers would be punished for the missing Isidor, she went to Numerius and confessed that she was the one who took the body but refused to tell when it was buried. For this she was flogged to near death. She was thrown into prison where she received a vision from Isidor who encouraged her and told her that she though she would die it would be because she would be giving her life for Christ. When she came to her end a sweet aroma came from her cell and the awe struck jailer allowed her body to be taken by some Christian friends and she was buried along side Isidor. After Numerius left Chios a chapel was built over the grave site and later in the 5th century another was built by the Emperor Marcian after he received a vision. In 1525 the Latins removed the relics and took them to Venice where they reside in the Church of St. Mark to this day. St. Myrope is celebrated on December 2 and St. Isidor on May 14.
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