Saint Helena and Saint Constantine
St Helena was born in Asia Minor in 248 AD. The Roman Centurian Flavious Constas (or Konstantios Chloros) so fell in love with her beauty and her good character that he married her.Her husband was a secret friend of the Christians.A logical man,clever in the art of warfare. He fought in both Germany and England and he never lost a battle.
In 303 Galerios, the other Caesar, introduced fierce persecutions against the Christians. He watched with jealousy Konstantios in the West, and his son Constantine in the East.In 305, Galerios and Konstantios were promoted to Augustus, the former gaining control of the east and the latter the west.Everyone expected Galerios to take Constantine under his wing.Instead he promoted his barbaric cousin Maximino.Konstantios asked for the return of his son,as he was afraid for his life. Galerios reluctantly agreed, on the condition that Constantine was to advise him the night before he made plans to leave.Constantine suspected something and fled.Galerios was furious.
In 306 Konstantios died in his sons arms in York, England.The troops elected Contantine as Augustus. Galerios only recognised him as Caesar.Now there were 6 co-emperors.Maximianos asked for Constantines help against Galerios.In return he would give him the title of divine Augustus and the hand of his daughter Fafsta. Contantine agreed, and divorced Minervina who was not of royal blood.
THE FIRST RAISING OF THE HOLY CROSS
In 313 Likianos and Constantine signed an agreement by which everyone was free to worship as they pleased.Constantines zeal and love of God resulted in another war with Likianos. The latter lost 33,000 troops this time.Constantine marched into Byzantium. His sister begged him to spare the life of her husband Likianos.Constantine agreed and sent Likianos into exile to Salonika.Within the year he was murdered. By 323 Constantine was emperor of nearly all Europe and Asia.He signed two accords. By the first he compensated all Christians from the injustices of Likianos.By the second,he, in effect, made Christianity the true faith.Constantine was never a dictator. He was a humble man. He was praised for this by St John Chrysostom.
As Satan could not destroy Constantine, he decided to destroy his family from within.On the one side was St Helena and Crispo, her beloved grandson.On the other side were Constantines brothers and sisters-the children of Theodora, and Fafsta.Imagine the petty jealousies that went on in a family like this for the wordly gains of power and favouritism.
Fafsta was true to Constantine in the beginning.She told him that her own father was planning to kill him.Constantine put someone else in his bed, and the truth was proven when Fafsta's father murdered the servant.Then Fafsta became insanely jealous of Crispo, who was favoured by Constantine and his mother, even above his own children. Fafsta told her husband that Crispo was after his throne.Constantine was very nieve and, believing his wife, had Crispo murdered. St Helena was heartbroken.
In his last few years Constantine was baptised. St Helena gave much of her wealth away to the poor and for the building of churches.She built the Churches of the birth of Christ and the Resurection in the Holy Land, and she found the Cross on which Christ died. This was proven to her when a dead child was brought back to life after been laid on it.She died in 327 aged 80.She built churches in Cyprus and many schools too.Among the churches she built was the Church at Stavrovouni.
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