The Stranniki (Russian for Runaways or Wanderers) are the strong Pomorsky Old Believers who rejected prayers for Tsar Peter and all government papers (identification, passports, money, etc). They would not wear clothing contrary to Old Orthodox Russia, nor eat with those of contrary Faith and Practice. Keeping themselves separate from the antichrist society they went far into the Siberian wilderness. This blog is about these people and my effort to conform my life to theirs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mammas, Patron Saint of Tax Evaders

Remembering this day a young martyr.

Mamas parents lived in the late third century. They were arrested for being Christian. While in prison his mother gave birth to Mamas who was soon orphaned. Mamas followed the teachings of Christianity and was raised by a widow-lady named Ammia, who later died. Then an angel told him to live as a monk in a Cappadocian cave and gave him a staff with which he preached to animals.

He was then torturously arrested for not paying taxes. As they walked to court St. Mamas saw a lion chasing after a sheep. He called to the lion which came to him and St. Mamas rode on its back with the sheep in his arm. St. Mamas gave the sheep as a gift to the judge, but due to the unusual event with the lion the governor ordered his release and granted him exclusion from taxation.

Afterward he was arrested again and Emperor Alexander had Saint Mammes thrown to the lions which naturally became docile with him. This infuriated Alexander who commanded him killed by a trident (like a pitchfork). Holy Mamas died in the theater from wounds to his side at the age of 15, not unlike his parents.