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Name means: from the antonian family (Latin)

Virgin, Martyr


313 in Constantinople, today Istanbul in Turkey

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Antonina lived as a Virgin consecrated to God in Constantinople. Exposed as a Christian by city keeper Festus, she refused to worship the pagan goddess Diana, so she was imprisoned, beaten with fists and finally locked in a disreputable house to bring her down. The soldier Alexander took pity on her, went to this house, wrapped her in his clothes and led her out – according to some tradition, he remained in her place in the Freudenhaus. When the governor learned this, he had the two arrested and scourged again. In prison, their hands were chopped off, after a week they were burned with torches, but this could not harm them. Therefore, they were then painted with bad luck and thrown into a pit where a log was set on fire, then they were showered with earth. The cruelty of the governor did not go unpunished, he was plagued by evil spirits for seven days and then desperately gave up his spirit.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Alexander and Antonina, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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