Saint Eleazar ~ An Old Testament Martyr

About 170 years before the birth of Christ, the Jewish people experienced a time of persecution while under the control the King Antiochus IV of Syria.  Antiochus IV tried to pressure the Jewish people to abolish their religious laws and customs and to adopt Greek ways instead.  Eleazar was one who resisted the pressure; and because he refused to eat pork, he was martyred.  It was his hope to encourage others to hold tightly to their Faith. 

“Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now, I will prove myself worthy of my old age, and I will leave to the young a noble example of how to die willingly and generously for the revered and holy laws.”
- Quote of Saint Eleazar
2 Maccabees 6:27-28

Feast Day:  August 1