Alexandra the Empress

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According to tradition, the [[Martyr]] '''Alexandra the Empress'''  was an empress of the Roman Empire through her marriage to the Emperor [[Diocletian]]. She was so impressed with the courage of St. [[George the Trophy-bearer|George]] during his martyrdom in the early fourth century that she became a Christian herself. As a consequence, she came under the same persecution that had resulted in St. George’s death. She was condemned and sentenced to beheading. According to one account, when she arrived at the place of her execution, she asked to be allowed to sit down. After her request was granted, she sat down and died quietly before the executioners could complete their task. Another account says that she was in fact beheaded along with her daughter Valeria, whom she had raised in Christian piety, before both their bodies were cast into the sea.
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She is honored with feast days on [[April 21]] and [[April 23]] (the latter being St. George's day).
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==External link==
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*[http://www.greekorthodox.net.au/pages/alexanda.htm  Alexandra the Empress] (GOARCH)
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101185 OCA hagiography]
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[[Category: Saints]]
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[[Category: Rulers]]
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[[Category: Martyrs]]
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