Martyr Callinicus of Apollonia

The Holy Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius and Callinicus suffered for Christ under the emperor Decius (249-251) at Caesarea in Bithynia. St Leucius, having reproached the prefect Cumbricius for his unjust persecution of Christians, was executed after being tortured. As soon as his head was cut off, his soul departed to heaven.

The pagan priest Callinicus, after witnessing the martyrdom of St Thyrsus, believed in Christ and boldly confessed the true Faith, for which he was beheaded.