|Anastaius with martyr's crown|
Alternatively, he was part of the Persian Army that conquered Jerusalem in 614. Magundat studied and embraced Christianity while occupying the Holy City. Either way, two things happened. The Holy Rood (i.e. the Cross) was carried off as plunder and Magundat became Anastasius.
|Was magus an MOS?|
Anastasius joined a monastery where he was a model monk. Chosroes II (Khosrau II, Xosrov II, خسرو پرویز) called the Undefeatable as he tore west into Egypt, didn't seem to miss Magundat's service very much. He was a badass guy -- he had his father blinded, then murdered, after taking the throne from him -- but the loss of one soldier wasn't anything to lose sleep over. That said, no one likes to have desertion rubbed in his face, especially when his face is imperial. Anastasius' decision to leave the monastery and preach to the Persians was an affront that could not be tolerated. Anastasius was arrest, chained neck and foot to another prisoner, and condemned to carry stones. In spite of his crushing work all day, Anastasius slept little but prayed long in the night; a witness reported a holy light shining all around him as he prayed.
Governor Marzabanes of Caesarea (where Anastasius was working) sent word to Chosroes, asking for instructions. The Undefeatable Emperor said that Anastasius could be freed if he would give up his Christianity. In fact, he wouldn't even really need to give it up; he could just say that he was giving it up and then he would be freed. If he wanted, he could then go back to his monastery and pray to Jesus all day and night. He wouldn't even have to apostatize publicly -- a quiet word to Marzabanes would suffice.
Here's a nice detail in an otherwise predictable story. The jailer was a Christian, so he let other Christians visit Anastasius in between the questioning and the beatings. They prayed with him and for him, kissing him and venerating him as a living saint. They wiped the blood from the wounds and saved the bandages as relics. They even pressed wax on his chains to save as relics. Anastasius, with all the humility that befits a saint, was embarrassed by the attention and asked them to stop, but of course they didn't.
|Let not the carrion beasts feed upon him.|
A nice detail of the story is that he lived for a time with a goldsmith in Jerusalem. From this, he is appointed the patron of silver- and goldsmiths. To him, I commend he care of D. Cole, who crafted my wife's wedding and engagement rings, and of course the Rick Beaulieu and his family, owners of Springer's Jewellers for three generations.