November 3: Martyrs Acepsimus the bishop, Joseph the presbyter, and Aeithalas the deacon, of Persia; dedication of the Church of the Great-martyr George in Lydda (see also April 23); Martyrs Atticus, Agapius, Eudoxius, Carterius, Istucarius (Styrax), Pactobius (Tobias) and Nictopolion, at Sebaste; Saint Acepsimas, hermit of Cyrrhus in Syria; Saint Snandulia of Persia; Saint Elias of Egypt; Saint Achaemonides, confessor of Persia; Saint Anna, daughter of Prince Vsevolod I Yaroslavich; Saint Theodore, confessor, Bishop of Ancyra; Martyrs Dacius, Severus, Andronas, Theodotus, and Theodota; New Hieromartyr George of Neopolis; Venerable Pimen the Bulgarian of the Zographou Monastery on Mount Athos; Martyr King Clydog of Ewyas; Virgin-Martyr Winefrid of Holywell, Abbess of Denbighshire in Wales; translation of the relics of St. Edith, nun of Wilton (see September 16); translation of the relics of St. Hubert of Maastricht (see May 30)
The holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs Acepsimus, Bishop of Naeson; Joseph the Presbyter; and Aeithalas the Deacon were Christians living in Persia at the time of Shapur II the Great (309-379). The Orthodox Church commemorates them together on November 3, but Aeithalas is sometimes also remembered on September 1.
Bishop Acepsimus was well-known for spreading the Christian faith. After King Shapur began his persecution of Christians in Persia, Acepsimus was siezed along with Joseph and Aeithalas. Having endured cruel imprisonment for three years, Acepsimus was beheaded, and his companions stoned to death.