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Saint of the Day – 10 April – St Bademus (Died 376) Confessor, Abbot and Martyr

Saint of the Day – 10 April – St Bademus (Died 376) Confessor, Abbot and Martyr, Founder of a Monastery. Bademus died on 10 April 376 by being stabbed countless times and finally beheaded by a wavering and frightened executioner. Also known as – Bademo, Vadim.

Bademus was a rich and noble citizen of Bethlapeta in Persia, who sold his possessions to follow Christ, then gave the greater part of the proceeds to the poor. He reserved just enough to found a Monastery near that City, to which he retired with several others and then governed it with great sanctity. He conducted his religious in the paths of perfection with sweetness, prudence and charity.

To crown his virtue, God permitted him, with seven of his Monks, to be apprehended by the followers of King Sapor in the thirty-sixth year of that King’s persecution. He lay for four months in a dungeon, loaded with chains and during this lingering martyrdom, received everyday, a cruel flagellation. But he triumphed over his torments by the patience and joy with which he suffered them for Christ.

At the same time, a Prince named Nersan, who was a Christian, was cast into prison and his goods confiscated because he refused to adore the sun. At first he seemed resolute but, at the sight of tortures,his constancy failed him and he promised to conform if he could be delivered. The King, to test whether his change was sincere, ordered Bademus to be brought where Nersan was kept in the royal palace and sent word to Nersan that if he would slay the Abbot, he would be restored to his liberty and former dignities. The apostate accepted the condition; a sword was put into his hand and he advanced to plunge it into the breast of the Abbot. But being seized with a sudden terror, he stopped short and remained for some time unable to lift up his arm to strike – he had neither courage to repent, nor heart to accomplish his crime.

Finally, he hardened himself and continued with a trembling hand to aim at the Martyr’s sides. Fear, shame, remorse and respect made his strokes forceless and unsteady and so great was the number of his victim’s wounds that the bystanders were in admiration at his invincible patience. Saint Bademus reproached his executioner, saying, “What will you do on the day when you will have to render an account of your actions and hear the sentence of your condemnation? I offer myself willingly to die for the glory of my Lord Jesus Christ but I would prefer to die by another hand, than yours!” The pagans themselves were horrified at the cruelty of the King, the long Martyrdom and the perfidious acts of the apostate.

Saint Bademus suffered on the 10th of April in the year 376. His body was cast out of the City but secretly carried away and interred by the Christians. A short time afterwards Nersan fell into public disgrace and perished by the sword – other accounts say that he committed suicide. . The disciples of the Saint were released from their chains four years later, at the death of King Sapor.


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