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Saint Abdecalas
Born probably third century
Died Good Friday, 345
Venerated in Assyrian Church of the East
Chaldean Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
Feast 21 April

Saint Abdecalas (or Abdelas) was a Persian priest of advanced age who, together with another priest, Saint Ananias, and about a hundred other Christians, was killed under the Persian ruler Shapur II on Good Friday, 345.[1] One of these others was also named Abdecalas.

St. Simeon, bishop of Seleucia, had been arrested by order of Sapor, king of Persia. He refused to adore the sun and was thrown in a narrow prison and remained there for a long time together with other 100 Christians, such as bishops, priests and clerks. The following day, which was a Good Friday, all his companions were strangled in his presence and he was beheaded. Abdecalas and Ananias, his priests, were martyred with him. They were the persons of distinguished merits.

The Greek historian Sozomen estimates the number of Christians martyred during the forty-year reign of Shapur as close to 16,000. The feast day for Saint Abdecalas is 21 April.


  1. ^ Benedictine Monks of St.Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate, England (1921). "Saint Abdecelas". The Book of Saints: A dictionary of servants of God canonized by the Catholic church: extracted from the Roman & other martyrologies. A. & C. Black. OCLC 2111254. 

External links

  • Holweck, Frederick George (1924). A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis; London: B. Herder Book Co. 
  • The Roman and British Martyrology. O'neill and Duggan. 1846. p. 125. 

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