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During the persecution under the Roman emperor Decius, the noblemen Maximus and Olympias, of Corduena, Persia (Iran), were arrested for their Christian faith. While being tortured, the two men continually sang the psalms, as they had been accustomed to do in church. They told their torturers that they accepted their sufferings as a purification of their souls of all that was “impure and disagreeable to the eyes of our divine Master.” In the end, they were beaten to death with crowbars.


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