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Day 12 of the Blessed Coptic Month of Kiahk, may God make it always received, year after year, with reassurance and tranquility, while our sins after forgiven by the tender mercies of our God my fathers and brothers.
The Twenty-Sixth Day of the Blessed Month of Kiahk
Martyrdom of St.Anastasia
On this day, of the year
304 A.D., St. Anastasia, was martyred. She was born in the city of Rome
in the year 275 A.D., to a pagan father whose name was "Britastanos" and
a Christian mother whose name was "Flavia". Her mother baptized her secretly
without her father's knowledge and she brought her up in the teachings
of the Christian faith. She was steadfast in her faith and no one was able
to dissuade her. When she was of marriage age, her father gave her in marriage
to a pagan youth, against her wishes. St. Anastasia prayed to the Lord
Christ with fervent supplications, asking Him to separate her from this
pagan youth who was away from the faith. When her husband left to go to
his work, she also left to visit those who were imprisoned for their faith
and she ministered to them, comforted them, and offered them whatever they
needed. When her husband learned about this, he shut her up in the house
and placed guards over her. She continued to pray and ask God with tears
and supplications to save her from the hands of her husband. God answered
her prayer and speeded up his death. She distributed her wealth among the
poor and those who were in prison, the confessors and the strivers, for
the sake of the faith. When her fame reached "Florus", the Governor, he
brought her before him to inquire about her religion. She confessed that
she was a Christian. He tried to entice her to leave her faith by promising
her many precious gifts. When she did not listen to his promises, he punished
her by torturing her with various tortures and when he became weary of
her he ordered her to be drowned. She came out from the sea unharmed with
the grace of God. When the governor learned that she was still alive, he
ordered that she be tied up to four pegs on the ground and be beaten ferociously,
then be thrown into a pit of fire. They did so until she gave up her pure
soul and received the crown of martyrdom.
May Her prayers be with us. Amen.
Commemoration of St.Juliana the Martyr
On this day also is the
commemoration of St. Juliana the martyr.
May Her prayers be with us and Glory be to our God forever. Amen.
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