40 Martyred with Julian of Galatia

These forty Christians endured martyrdom with St Julian of Galatia in the fourth century. The governor of the district of Galatia was informed that St Julian and forty others were hiding in a certain cave, and sent men to arrest them. When they arrived at the cave, they found only Julian, who refused to tell them where the others were hiding.

When Julian refused to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods, he was tortured and then beheaded. The forty Christians heard a Voice summoning the martyr to the Heavenly Kingdom. Emboldened, they come forth to the place of St Julian’s sufferings, but they found him already dead. They all confessed themselves to be Christians, and they were arrested and brought to the governor, who ordered them beheaded.