Commemorated on December 30
The Holy Martyress Anysia lived in the city of
Soluneia (Thessalonika) during the reign of the emperor Maximian (284-305).
Upon the death of her parents, who had raised her in Christian piety, Saint
Anysia distributed her substance to the poor and began to lead a strict life in
vigil, fasting and prayer.
During the time of his persecution
against Christians Maximian issued an edict, according to which anyone had the
right without punishment to kill Christians. One time, when Saint Anysia had
gone to church for prayer, a pagan soldier stopped her and demanded, that she
come along to the pagan feast to the sun. Saint Anysia gently pulled herself
away from him. When he soldier boldly grabbed hold of her and attempted to tear
the veil from her head, she shoved him, spit in his face and said: "My
Lord Jesus Christ forbid thee!" The soldier in anger drew out his sword
and ran through the holy martyress. Those gathering over her body wept and
loudly complained against the cruel emperor, for having so inhuman an edict. Christians
buried the martyress near the city gates, and over her grave was built an house
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.