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Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Vilnius

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'''Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Vilnius''' (Lithuanian: ''Antanas, Jonas ir Eustachijus'') or '''The Three Martyrs of Vilnius''' were 14th century [[martyrs]] (d. 1347) of the [[Russian Orthodox Church]]in Lithuania.
They The brothers Kumetis and Nizilas were attached to the Muscovite mission in the court of the [[paganism|formerly pagan]] warlord, Algirdas (Olgierd) of Lithuania. Grand Duke Algirdas was married converts to the [[Christians|Christian]] Russian Princess YaroslavnaChristianity, and the missionaries were present to minister to the religious needs of taking the princess names Anthony and her retinueJohn in baptism. The Grand Duke had nominally Their cousin Krulis later converted to Orthodoxy, but upon the death of Yaroslavnafollowing their example, he apostasised and resumed his pagan ways. All [[evangelism|evangelizing]] became strictly proscribed. The three youths, all popular and promising courtiers, were apprehended for preaching in public and brought before Algirdas, who ordered them to consume meat during a solemn [[fast]]. When they refused, he had them tortured and killed. Their [[Incorruptibility|incorrupt]] [[relics]] are now enshrined in receiving the [[crypt]] [[chapel]] below the [[altar]] of the [[cathedral]] [[church]] in the [[Monastery]] of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius (Vilna), Lithuanianame Eustathius.
They served in the court of the [[paganism|pagan]] Grand Duke Algirdas (Olgierd) of Lithuania. Grand Duke Algirdas was married to the Orthodox Christian Russian Princess Maria Yaroslavna, and missionaries were present to minister to the religious needs of the princess and her retinue. The Grand Duke had nominally converted to Orthodoxy, but upon the death of Maria Yaroslavna, he apostasised and resumed his pagan ways. All [[evangelism|evangelizing]] became strictly proscribed. The three youths kept their conversion secret initially, but it was eventually noticed that they would fast at certain seasons and also did not cut their beards (which was the custom for Christians of that time and place). Because of their refusal to eat meat offered to pagan idols particularly during a fast, they were killed by Algirdas. Algirdas later realized that he had an opportunity for political connection with the imperial court in Constantinople and had a church built on the site of the martyrdom. Their [[incorruptibility|incorrupt]] [[relics]] are now enshrined in the [[Monastery]] of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Lithuania.  Their [[feastdayfeast]] is celebrated on [[April 14]].
==External links==
*[http://saints.oca.org/IconDirectory/LG/april/0414anthonyjohneustathius.jpg Icon of the three martyrs Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Vilna (OCA.org)]
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101076 Complete hagiography] ([[OCA]])
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