Martyr de Saint Maurice and his companions of the Legion Thébaine.
Today we celebrate Saint Maurice and his 6500 Egyptian soldiers martyrs of Faith.
Mauritius Herculeos is a general of the Roman imperial army of Egyptian origin, cantoned with his soldiers in Thebes, Egypt (current Luxor).
With 6.500 men, the Thebaine Legion is called for reinforcement in Europe by the Emperor Maximian to watch different revolts in Gaulle. These valiant Christian warriors in battle, winners on twenty battlefields, are ordered to arrest and massacre refugee Christians in the Alps. After their refusal to sacrifice their Christian brothers, Maximian order to put to the sword one in ten man of the legion, in order to instill in others respect of his orders. The blood of 600 martyrs legionnaires stream down the plain.
Survivors, forced to continue the persecution of Christians, persist in their refusal. Maximian gets one in ten executed again. But nothing can shake the Soldier Faith. They will die until the last and attest it in an admirable letter: ′′O Caesar, we are your soldiers. But we are also the soldiers of Jesus Christ. From you, we receive our pay. But from Him, we receive eternal life. To you, we owe service. But to Him, we owe obedience. We are ready to follow you against the barbarians, but we are also ready to suffer death rather than renounce our Faith.′′
Maximian, understanding that their hearts will remain firmly attached to Christ, orders to execute them all. The soldiers lay down arms without discussion or resistance and surrender to their persecutors. Thus are they all beheaded and slaughtered.