St. John the Baptist Parish, A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church, Canberra, Australia

29 May / 11 June

The Holy Martyr Theodosia of Tyre

One day during the reign of the Emperor Maximian, many Christians were standing bound before the Praetor in Palestinian Caesarea. The pious virgin Theodosia came to comfort them and encourage them in their death by martyrdom. The soldiers heard her words and brought her also before the judge. The enraged judge ordered that a stone be tied round her neck and that she be cast into the deep. But angels carried her up onto the shore alive. When she appeared before the judge again, he gave orders to have her beheaded. The following night, Theodosia appeared to her parents in the brightest heavenly light, surrounded by many other virgins, and said: 'Do you see how great is the glory and grace of my Christ, of which you wished to deprive me?' She spoke thus to her parents because they had turned back from confessing Christ and from martyrdom. She suffered with honour and was glorified in the year 308.

On the same day: Our Holy Mother, the Martyr Theodosia; St Alexander, Bishop of Alexandria; St John the Fool for Christ of Ustiug; The Holy Martyr Nannus (John) of Salonica; The Holy Martyr Andrew of Chios; The Fall-of Constantinople

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