The Translation of the Relics of Martyr Gabriel of Zabludov
by Yaroslaw Charkiewicz
Poland's Child-Martyr was born in 1684 to a devout peasant family. When still very young he was distinguished by a mature spiritual perception and helped people to discern God's will. At the age of six he was abducted by a demonically possessed man, who tortured him to death by slowly draining his blood. His body was later found at the edge of a wood, where dogs had protected it from predatory birds. In the 18th century his remains were discovered to be incorrupt. Circumstances inimical to Orthodoxy forced the transfer of the holy relics, and they were eventually moved to Minsk and then to Grodno, where they remained until their solemn return this year to Bialystok, the Martyr's homeland.