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Sunday, March 20, 2016

UNKNOWN ORTHODOX SAINTS: SAINT DEMETRIA THE VIRGIN MARTYR & HER FAMILY (+361) – ROME THE CITY OF MARTYRS

ITALY OF MY HEART
SYNAXARION-HAGIOLOGY
SAINTS OF MY HEART

Rome the city of Martyrs
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Saints Virgin-Martyrs
Demetria & Bibiana of Rome, Italy (+361)
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St Bibiana St Demetria
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Saint Martyrs Dafrosa & Flavian
the parents of St Demetria & St Bibiana
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SAINTS VIRGIN-MARTYRS DEMETRIA & BIBIANA
& THEIR PARENTS MARTYRS FLAVIAN & DAFROSA OF ROME, ITALY (+361)
Feast days:
January 4: St Dafrosa & St Flavian
June 21: St Demetria
September 1: St Bibiana
Rome the city of Martyrs. In the year 361, Emperor Julian made Apronianus Governor of Rome. Demetria and Bibiana suffered in the persecution started by him. She was the daughter of Christians Flavian and Dafrosa his wife. Saint Flavian was a Roman knight.
Flavian was tortured and sent into exile, where he died of his wounds. Dafrosa was beheaded, and their two daughters, Bibiana and Demetria, were stripped of their possessions and left to suffer poverty.
However, they remained in their house, spending their time in fasting and prayer. Apronianus, seeing that hunger and want had no effect upon them, summoned them.
Saint Demetria, after confessing her faith and after the Martyrdom of hunger, fell dead at the feet of the tyrant.
Bibiana was reserved for greater sufferings. She was placed in the hands of a wicked woman called Rufina, who in vain endeavored to seduce her. She used blows as well as persuasion, but the Christian virgin remained faithful.
Enraged at the constancy of this saintly virgin, Apronianus ordered her to be tied to a pillar and beaten with scourges, laden with lead plummets, until she expired. The saint endured the torments with joy, and died under the blows inflicted by the hands of the executioner.
Her body was then put in the open air to be torn apart by wild animals, yet none would touch it. After two days she was buried.
Sources:
Wikipedia
& Orthodox heart Sites
Abel-Tasos Gkiouzelis
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Saint Demetria
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St Demetria
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Saint Demetria, after confessing her faith, fell dead at the feet of the tyrant
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St Dafrosa
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St Flavian
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St Bibiana
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St Bibiana
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Column of the Flagellation of Saint Bibiana
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Santa Bibiana Refusing to Worship Pagan gods
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The Flagellation of Saint Bibiana
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St Bibiana & St Demetria

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