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Alexandra

Orthodox Remembrance Day: 10 April, 21 April, 23 April
Catholic Remembrance Day: April 23
Name means: the soldier (Greek)
Empress, Martyr

* in Silena, today Qabīlat Sīlīn near Al Khums in Libya or in Cyrene, today Shahat in Libya
† 303 in Nicomedia, today Ízmit in Turkey

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.

Beschreibung

In the legend of George, a king’s daughter is mentioned, who in later versions became Empress Alexandra and received her own legend tradition.

In the legend, Alexandra becomes the wife of the emperor Diocletian, known as a persecutor of Christians, and secretly a Christian. When Diocletian tortured George, she went to the arena, paid tribute to George and now openly professed her faith. When her husband witnessed this and saw the many people who, impressed by George’s miraculous activity and his capacity for suffering, came to faith, he had George and his own wife beheaded. On the way to the execution, Alexandra asked for a rest, prayed, and died blissfully. With Alexandra, according to Western legends, her servants Apaulis (Apollo) and Sahacius (Isaac) died in prison, her servant Quadratus (Codratus) was executed two days later together with George by beheading. Anatolios, Protoleon and 630 others who had converted to the faith in the face of George’s martyrdom are also venerated in the Orthodox Churches.

Joachim Schäfer: Article Anastasia “the Younger”, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints: https://www.heiligenlexikon.de/BiographienA/Anastasia.html

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