40 Martyred Children converted by the Martyrdom of Melasippus, Karina and Antoninus, at Ancyra

Forty holy children were converted by the martyrdom of Sts Melasippus, Karina and their son Antoninus at Ancyra in Phrygia in the year 363 during the reign of the emperor Julian the Apostate.

The forty youths, seeing that the Lord had preserved St Antoninus unharmed by tortures, believed in Christ, confessed their faith and endured martyrdom.