Eulogius was born in Cordoba, Spain, in the mid-8th century, at a time when the city was under the control of Muslim rulers. From a wealthy family, Eulogius was able to receive an excellent education, studying both Christian and secular sciences.
As a priest, Eulogius provided spiritual guidance to the Christian community in Cordoba, which was under severe religious restrictions by the Muslim rulers. He was noted for his erudition, piety, and unyielding adherence to Christian faith and doctrines.
Eulogius was particularly known for his support of the Christian Martyrs of Cordoba, a group of Christians who publicly denounced Islam and were consequently executed for blasphemy. Eulogius documented their lives and martyrdom in his writings, providing an invaluable record of Christian life and persecution under the Moorish rule.
In 859 AD, Eulogius was elected to succeed the previous bishop of Toledo. However, he was arrested before he could be consecrated, charged with helping a young Christian convert from Islam, Leocritia, to escape from her family. Eulogius refused to renounce his faith or his actions and was executed on March 11, 859, becoming a martyr of the faith.
Saint Eulogius of Cordoba is revered as a martyr and a beacon of faith under persecution. His writings not only bear witness to the courage and devotion of Christian martyrs but also serve as spiritual encouragement for Christians living under oppressive regimes.
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