St. Anysia, Dec. 30


Saint Anysia (284-304) was a martyr of Greece who took vows of chastity, poverty, and prayer. She was a wealthy woman of Salonika, in Thessaly, who used her personal funds to aid the poor.The legend of her martyrdom states that a Roman soldier apprehended her as she was on her way to services. Discovering she was a Christian, he beat her, and intended to drag her to a pagan temple to sacrifice to Roman gods. When he tore off her veil (a reminder of her vow of chastity), she spit in his face, and he murdered her.

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