Saints: St Michael the New martyr


Today, July 9th, we honour St. Michael Paknanas the Gardener, aka Michail Paknanas (Greek: Μιχαήλ Μπακνανάς, 1753 – July 9, 1771). He was a Greek gardener and martyr, & born in Thiseio in the agora of the pagan temple of Hephaestus in Athens & lived during the Turkish Ottoman rule. He was approached by Muslim missionaries for conversion to Islam but refused, so he was tortured and eventually executed for his refusal to renounce Christian.
He was canonized as St Michael, the new martyr