Seraphina | Seraphima

Orthodox Remembrance Day: 29 July

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The Holy Virgin Martyr Seraphima, born in Antioch, lived in Rome under Emperor Hadrian (117-138). She lived with Sabina, a woman from a distinguished family of senators whom the saint had converted to Christianity. During the persecution of Christians ordered by the emperor, the governor Virilus had Saint Seraphima presented for interrogation. In the desire to obtain a martyr’s crown from the Lord, she fearlessly went to Virilus, and her faithful friend Sabina accompanied her. When he saw this famous lady, Virilus initially released the girl, but after a few days he summoned Saint Seraphima again and began the trial. The governor insisted that she honor the pagan gods and offer sacrifices, but she courageously professed her faith in the one true God, Jesus Christ. Then Virilus gave them to two shameless young men of Egyptian descent so they could contaminate them. Saint Seraphima asked the Lord to protect her. Suddenly, there was an earthquake, and the two men fell to the ground, paralyzed and unable to speak. The following day, the governor learned that his plan had failed. Virilus believed that the saint was a sorceress and told her to make the young men healthy again so that they could tell what had happened to them. After praying to the Lord, Saint Seraphima ordered the men to stand up. They immediately got up and told the governor that an angel of the Lord had shielded the saint and prevented her from approaching her. The cruel governor did not believe his servants and continued to urge Saint Seraphima to offer sacrifices to the idols. However, the holy martyr remained steadfast, even when she was burned with burning torches and mercilessly beaten with sticks. Then the governor was severely punished. Splinters from the sticks with which the saint was beaten hit him in his right eye, and after three days the tormentor became blind. Powerless before the intransigent Christian, Virilus ordered her to be beheaded. Sabina buried the body of her holy mentor with all due honor and reverence.

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