June 27 – 1638 = Cyril Lucaris is murdered by Janisaries, strangled by a rope.
Hebrews 11:37 “They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goat, destitute, afflicted, mistreated”
Cyril Lucaris was the Patriarch of Constantinople, but he was also Reformed. He published a Confession that advocated for the doctrines known as Calvinism and attempted to reform the Eastern Church along the lines of the Reformation. He sent people to study in England the Church of England and corresponded with the English as well as Geneva and Zurich regularly. Such actions made him many enemies within the Eastern Orthodox Church, and political enemies as well. Eventually the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who ruled Constantinople simply had him murdered by his janissaries. They strangled him to death on a boat, so that he had nowhere to hide. His death happened on June 27, 1638. This makes him a martyr of the faith. Lucaris was unsuccessful in his attempts to reform the Eastern Orthodox church, but he was compelled to try on account of his faith. We are called to take stands by faith, and the trust in the Lord’s will. Cyril was called home to be with His savior, and so we remember his courageous stand for the truth of the Reformation.
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