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St. Anastasia of Rome - Feast Day October 29th

An icon of St. Anastasia of Rome.

The Martyr Anastasia the Roman in infancy lost her parents, and was then taken to be reared by the head of a women's monastery, named Sophia. The Abbess raised Anastasia in fervent faith, in the fear of God and obedience.

During these times there began the persecution against Christians by the emperor Decius (249-251). The city administrator, Probus, on the orders of the emperor commanded that Anastasia be brought to him. Blessed by her Abbess to suffer for the Name of Christ, the young Martyr Anastasia humbly came out to meet the armed soldiers. Seeing her youth and beauty, Probus at first attempted by false flattery to tempt her and lead her into a renunciation of faith in Christ, "Why waste your years, deprived of pleasure? What is there to gain by enduring tortures and death for the Crucified? Worship our gods, get yourself some handsome husband, and live in glory and honor."

The saint steadfastly replied, "My spouse, my riches, my life and my happiness are my Lord Jesus Christ, and you will not turn me away from Him by your deceit!" Fierce tortures were then begun. The holy martyr bravely endured them, glorifying and praising the Lord.

In anger the torturers cut out her tongue. The people, seeing the inhuman and disgusting treatment of the saint, became indignant, and the governor of the city was compelled to bring the torture to a close by beheading the martyr. In this manner, St. Anastasia received the crown of martyrdom.

The body of the saint was thrown out beyond the city to be eaten by wild animals, but the Lord did not permit that a mockery should be made of her holy relics. At the command of a holy angel, Abbess Sophia went to find the mutilated body of the martyr. With the help of two Christians, she buried it in the earth.

Taken From O.C.A. Website.

For a description of this icon and the troparion and kontakion for this saint please click here