The Holy Martyrs Ananias the Presbyter, Peter the Prison Guard, and seven soldiers suffered in Phoenicia in the year 295. During a persecution of Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305), St Ananias was brought before Maximus the governor of Phoenicia. He had been arrested for confessing Christ and for his refusal to worship idols.
He was beaten with hammers, burnt with fire, and salt was sprinkled on his scorched body. After his terrible sufferings, a temple and the idols standing in it were destroyed through the prayers of St Ananias.
The holy martyr was thrown into prison. Peter and seven other soldiers who came to believe in Christ were stationed to guard Ananias and witnessed his suffering. They were drowned in the sea after lengthy torture.