In this Life, we see the example of an Orthodox Christian monastic who was pursued by Muslim invaders for witnessing to Christ by his holy life. They tried to convert him to Islam, but he refused to accept "the dark yoke of anther god." They then beheaded him and destroyed his monastery, burning his body and trying to eradicate all evidence that he had ever lived.
This happened six centuries ago. Sound familiar?
Now a new monastic brotherhood has revived the monastery and is openly venerating the great Martyr St Jacob! May the Lord protect them and multiply their efforts during these latter days! And may we all draw strength from their courage and the witness of all the holy martyrs, who refused to deny Jesus Christ and accept "the dark yoke of another god."
The Cedar of Lebanon: St Jacob the Martyrby Fr. John Valadez, Death To The World, October 10, 2017:
As a cedar of Lebanon groweth without fear of martyrdom or death, thou didst become a victor O Father Jacob. Thou didst conquer death in thy body when by humility thou didst control the passions and when thou wast burnt like incense as a sacrifice. Intercede with Christ to grant us great mercy.
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|The relics of the newly revealed martyr, St Jacob of Lebanon.|
Above the Kadeesha River sits a pearl of ascetic struggle unworthy of the world. Burrowed in the caves of Mount Hamatoura exists the Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos, overlooking a land that once flourished with monastic fervor. Until the late 90’s this monastery was in ruins, uninhabited, and forgotten since times of persecution and the unrelenting sword of Mamluk devastation. 
|Geronda Panteleimon and the brotherhood at Hamatoura.|
Geronda Panteleimon, who lived in obedience to Elder Isaac (Attalah) and the newly canonized St Paisius, received a visitation from a forgotten martyr who directed him to rebuild his monastery in Lebanon, Geronda Panteleimon’s homeland. This martyr is St Jacob of Hamatoura, whose desert dwelling is now re-inhabited and re-ignited, becoming an spiritual oasis for monks and all people who seek Truth.
They sought out the holy man, seeking to make an example of him and convert him to Islam. Jacob continued in steadfastness, refusing to accept the dark yoke of another god...
The great saint’s fame spread and the knowledge of his transforming prayer and exemplary life began to be known among the hostile authorities. They sought out the holy man, wickedly seeking to make an example of him and convert him to Islam. Jacob continued in steadfastness, refusing to accept the dark yoke of another god, and for this his fame spread all the more.
Jacob was beheaded, as his blood spilt on the ground of his homeland, watering it for those monks who would follow his footsteps in the latter days.
Throughout time, many have told stories of a miraculous saint appearing near Hamatoura, healing those with both physical and spiritual infirmities.
Throughout time, many have told stories of a miraculous saint appearing near Hamatoura, healing those with both physical and spiritual infirmities. Not forgetting his people and his earthly habitation, St Jacob continued to console the suffering and the sick, urging Geronda Panteleimon to re-stablish his spiritual hospital on Hamatoura as the saint once did. A Gerontikon was unearthed in Balaamand Monastery, clearly showing the name of the beloved saint and the wonders he worked for the people. For the first time, hymns to St Jacob were chanted in praise of this mighty cedar of Lebanon on Oct 13th, 2002 in an all night-vigil.
The saint kept appearing, sometimes heard chanting in the church and other times blessing or consoling people. He appeared to one woman, revealing where is precious relics were, however the monks disregarded her instructions. In restoring the vandalized church of the monastery, it was only after re-working the church floor that they discovered a most sacred treasure, for five skeletons lay there. Four of them, grown men, showed signs of martyrdom with cracked bones and broken skulls. One, a small child, the age of three with signs of martyrdom and whose bones emit a sweet fragrance that fills the air. Another, signs of torture and decapitation, scorched by fire. Two of the men, the latter being St Jacob, confirm the story of the saint written in the Gerontikon, who died at 50 alone with one companion. The skeleton of the child, the martyrs, and the name of St Jacob’s companion are unknown, but they are treated with reverence by the monks for their martyrdom and the fact that they were buried under the church floor. A special service is written for them, celebrated July 3rd.
St Jacob instructs us to a fertile spiritual life, waging uncompromising war to bear the sweet fruits of the other world...
St Jacob, the Martyr of Hamatoura, pray to God for us!
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