Acepsimas of Hnaita

Acepsimas of Hnaita (died October 10, 376) was a bishop, martyr and saint.

Acepsimas of Hnaita
DiedOctober 10, 376
Hnaita, Paka Persia
Venerated inSyriac Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox church
Roman Catholic Church
FeastNovember 3 in Greek Orthodox Church
April 22 in Roman Catholic Church
September 2 in Syriac Orthodox Church


Acepsimas was the bishop of Hnaita, residing at Paka in western Persia. He and several companions, including the priest Joseph of Bet-Katoba, who was then 70 years old, and the deacon Aitillaha of Bet-Nuhadra, who was then 66 years old, were arrested by Shapur II for refusing to worship according to the Zoroastrian faith. Acepsimas was taken in chains to Arbela (modern Erbil) before the governor. This judge admired how he could deny the divinity of the sun, which all the East adored. The martyr answered him, expressing his astonishment how men could prefer a creature to the Creator. By the orders of the governor he was laid on the ground with his feet bound, and in that posture barbarously scourged, till his whole body was covered with blood. He was then thrown into prison.[1]

Acepsimas endured three years of prison before he was racked and whipped to death on October 10, 376. Joseph was taken to Hdajab where he was tortured until he was stoned to death by apostate Christians at Tabaha on the Friday after Pentecost, 377. Aithalla was stoned to death at Destegerd on November 3, 377. They were the last martyrs of the Christian persecution of Shapur II. The book of their acts, which has survived, is said to be genuine.[2]


Acepsimas and his companions are considered saints. The Roman Catholic Church keeps their feast on April 22. The Greek Orthodox Church keeps their feast with the full office of the day on November 3. The Syriac Orthodox Church keeps their feast on September 2. Aithalla has a feast in the Greek Orthodox Church held in his specific honor on September 1.[3]

Other individuals who are recognized with this group include the bishop Abdjesus and a deacon named Abdjesu.


  1. ^ Father Alban Butler (1866). "Saints Acepsimas, Bishop; Joseph, Priest; and Aithilahas, Deacon, Martyrs". Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints.
  2. ^ Delaney, John J. (March 15, 2005). Dictionary of Saints. Publisher: Image; 2nd ed. edition. ISBN 978-0385515207.
  3. ^ Saint Aceptismas of Hnaita Retrieved on 28 Mar 2018


  • Holweck, F. G. A Biographical Dictionary of the Saints. St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co. 1924.