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The pathway was arduous, and the soldiers who accompanied the condemned man were weak from thirst. In despair they began to implore the saint to pray the Lord for water. The saint, taking pity on his tormentors, with the help of God caused a miraculous spring of water to gush forth from a stone. The astonished soldiers were filled with sympathy for their rescuer, and they wanted even to set him free. Fear of execution, however, compelled them to bring the martyr farther. In Gangra, St Kallinikos joyfully offered thanks to the Lord, Who had vouchsafed him the crown of martyrdom. Angered, the governor had him tied to a wild horse which dragged his weakened body through the street. Not content with Kallinikos' sufferings, he had the saint cast into a blazing fire where he gave up his soul to God in a region called Petrion. His body, remaining unharmed, was reverently buried by believers.