Saint Nicholas Velimirovich
Nikitas was born in the land of the Goths and was a disciple of their God-bearing bishop, Theofilos, who took part in the 1st Ecumenical Synod in Nicaea in 325.
When the leader of the Goths, Athanaric, began to persecute and torture Christians, Nikitas opposed him with boldness and denounced him as an inhumane idolater. He was immediately arrested and tortured cruelly. He not only withstood this, but confessed his faith in Christ with even greater ardour and rendered thanks to Him. His mind was continually elevated towards God and in his hand, beneath his robe, he held an icon of the Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God, with the pre-eternal Christ-Child holding the Cross in His hands. Nikitas always had this icon with him, because the Mother of God had appeared to him and comforted him. In the end, the torturer cast him into a furnace and the saint gave up his spirit, though his body remained untouched by the fire.
A friend of the saint, Marianus, took…