|Martyrdom of Saint Romulus by Carlo Portelli.|
Photo by Sailko. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Of these 21 men 20 of them were members of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The other man who completed this noble band of martyrs was a black man from Chad or Ghana named Matthew. He came from a non-Christian family but when he met these Coptic brothers and learned of their faith and saw it in action he became a believer in the true God. On the day he and they were going to die, he was asked by one Da'ish member if he wanted to deny Christ rather than suffer the fate of the Coptic brothers. His words were, "Their God is my God." In the row they were in at their beheading, he was in the centre, the place of honour.
Our 21 brothers were beheaded on the coastline. After their holy blood mingled with the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the world said it was a horrendous and nauseating sight, but I've never seen water so luminous and pure before! Our noble band of martyrs wore orange jumpsuits as if they were criminals, but now they wear royal garments that vindicate their righteousness. They were poor but now they are rich. Their last words on earth were "O Lord Jesus!" but now in Heaven they sing "Alleluia!"