Saint Lacaron

SAINT LACARON

A martyr in (feast day: 14 Babah). His Passion has come down in a complete codex in Bohairic in the Library (Coptic 68, fols. 1-15) ( and Hyvernat, 1908, Vol. 1, pp. 1-23). The text is that of one of the late Coptic Passions from the period of the CYCLES and can be dated to the eighth century. It deals with the period of under DIOCLETIAN. The Roman ARIANUS comes to Asyut and orders to the . Lacaron, a soldier, refuses and, after the usual arguments, is put in jail.

The text then describes the usual episodes of torture, miraculous healings, sudden conversions—of a magistrate and the torturers themselves—and other visions and heavenly interventions. It includes an account of the ’s gathering up the various pieces of Lacaron and restoring them to life. In the end Lacaron is killed, after converting and baptizing the soldiers around him.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Balestri, I., and H. Hyvernat. Acta Martyrum. CSCO 43, 44. Paris, 1908.
  • Baumeister, T. Martyr Invictus. Der Märtyrer als Sinnbild der Erlösung in der Legende und im Kult der frühen koptischen Kirche. Münster, 1972.

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