April 19 – Agathangelos of Esphigmenou; Alphege of Canterbury

Agathangelos of Esphigmenou (d. 1819), born Athanasios and baptized poor (or vice versa), joined the Turkish merchant marines to make a living. The Turks were keen to convert him to Islam, and when all else failed he was lured by a judge and his master into a cemetery and held at knife-point. Reasoning that he… Continue reading April 19 – Agathangelos of Esphigmenou; Alphege of Canterbury