Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Maharsapor, Martyr

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This glorious martyr was a Persian prince of noble extraction, but far more distinguished by his virtue, and by his zeal for Christian faith. On this account the persecution was no sooner raised by Isdegerdes, but Maharsapor was seized the first of all others, together with Parses and Sabutaca. The two latter, after divers tortures, finished their martyrdom by the order and sentence of a judge named Hormisdavarus, a man raised to that dignity from a slave, but still baser by his manners than by his birth. By this inhuman and vile magistrate Maharsapor was often examined, and put to the torture: after which he was left to languish three years in prison, in stench and hunger. This term being elapsed, the same judge again examined the champion of Christ, and finding him steadfast and invincible in confessing Christ, he condemned him to be thrown into a dark pit, there to perish with hunger. Several days after this sentence had been executed, certain officers and soldiers opened the pit, and found the martyr’s body without life indeed, but in light, and on his knees, as if he had been in prayer, in which posture the saint, triumphing by such a death over his enemies, had breathed out his pure soul. Saint Maharsapor suffered in October, in the year of our Lord 421, the second of Vararanes V.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Maharsapor, Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. Saints.SQPN.com. 26 November 2013. Web. 25 April 2014. <>