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Zlata of Meglen

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The holy and glorious [[Martyr]] '''Zlata of Meglen''' (also ''Chryse'' or ''Chryssi'' of ''Meglena'' or ''Meglin'') is remembered for defending her faith as a Christian. Her [[feast day is celebrated on [[October 13]].
Zlata was born in the eighteenth century in the village of Slatina, in the province of Meglen, to a poor, peasant family with three other daughters. She was a meek and devout girl, wise in the wisdom of [[Christ ]] and golden in both name ("Chryse") and 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.".
The Turks then cast her into prison for three months, flogging her every day until her blood soaked the ground. Finally, they suspended her upside down and lit a fire, to suffocate her with the smoke; but God was with Zlata, and gave her strength in suffering. At last they hanged her from a tree and cut her into small pieces. Thus, this brave virgin gave her soul up to God, and went to dwell in Paradise on [[October 13]], 1796. Pieces of her [[relics]] were taken by Christians to their homes for a blessing. ==External links==*[ New Martyr Chryse (Zlata) of Meglena, Bulgaria] ([[OCA]])*[ The Holy Great-martyr Zlata of Meglin] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')
[[Category:Bulgarian Saints]]
[[Category:Serbian Saints]]
[[mk:Света великомаченичка Злата Мегленска]]
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