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Zlata of Meglen

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The holy and glorious Martyr Zlata of Meglen ('''Zlata of MeglenСвета мученица Злата мегленска''' ) is remembered for defending her faith as a Christian.
Zlata was born in the eighteenth century of poor peasant parents in the village of Slatina, in the province of Meglen. She also had three other sisters. She was a meek and devout girl, wise in the wisdom of Christ and golden, not only in name but also in her God-fearing heart. Once when Zlata went out to get water, some shameless Turks seized her and took her to their home. When one of them urged her to become a Muslim and be his wife, Zlata fearlessly replied: "I believe in Christ, and Him alone do I know as my [[Bridegroom]]. I will never deny Him, even though you subject me to a thousand tortures and cut me into pieces". When her parents and sisters found her, her parents said to her: "O daughter, have mercy on yourself and on us, your parents and sisters; deny Christ in words only, so that we can all be happy, for Christ is merciful. He would forgive such a sin, committed due to the necessities of life". Her poor parents, sisters, and relatives wept bitterly. However, the noble soul of St. Zlata resisted such diabolical snares. She answered them: "When you counsel me to deny Christ the true God, you are no longer my parents or my sisters. I have the Lord Jesus Christ as my father, the [[Theotokos]] as my mother, and the [[saint]]s as my brothers and sisters".
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