Anysia of Thessaloniki

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Anysia the Virginmartyr of Thessaloniki. The church commemorates her feast-day [[December 30]].
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[[Image:Annysia.jpeg|right|Saint Annysia of Thessaloniki]]Saint '''Anysia''' the Virgin [[martyr]] of [[Thessalonica|Thessaloniki]] was born in Thessaloniki and died around 304 AD. The Church commemorates her feast-day [[December 30]].
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
Anysia was born and lived in Thessaloniki during the Dioceltian-Maximian persectutions (284-305). She was the daughgter of rich, but very pious parents. After her parents' death, Anysia lived very quietly pleasing God and fulfilling his commandements. She took private vows of poverty and chastity and used her wealth to help the poor.  
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Anysia was born and lived in Thessaloniki during the Diocletian-Maximian persectutions (284-305). She was the daughter of both rich, but very pious parents. After her parents' death, Anysia lived a very quiet and God pleasing life fulfilling his commandements. She was not overwhelmed by the wealth she inherited rather she took private vows of poverty and chastity and used her wealth to help the poor. Her fear of God became widespread even amongst the idolaters. One day as she was heading off to church she met a Roman [[pagan]] soldier. This soldier arrested her against her will and dragged her to a temple to worship to the sun god. Anysia refused and confessed her faith in the one and true God, Jesus Christ. The soldier was so enraged by her response that he abused her even more and started to blaspheme the name of God. Anysia unable to hear his blasphemy spat in his face and covered her face with a veil. Embaressed and angered by her actions, the soldier ripped the veil away from her face to peer at her and drove a sword into her side immediately killing her.<ref> There are two authentic bibliographies on the Saint. The first is by an anonymous author (page 107-111) and the second is by the archdeacon Gregorios (page 113-119) in:
 
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:Viteau, J., Passions des saints Écate­rine et Pierre d’Alexandrie, Barbara et Anysia, Paris 1897.</ref>
Sometime between the year 285-304 she was killed by a pagan soldier. On her way to worship he arrested her and dragged her to the temple of the Sun God. The intention of this soldier was to force her to sacrifice to idols. She refused, spitting in his face, whilst proclaiming that Christ is God. He drove a sword into her side and she died instantly.
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==Relics==
 
==Relics==
The relics of St. Anysia are contained on the left-hand side in the [[Church of Saint Demetrios (Thessalonica)|Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki]].
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The [[relics]] of St. Anysia are contained on the left-hand side in the [[Church of Saint Demetrios (Thessalonica)|Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki]].
  
[[Image:Anysia.JPEG|thumbnail|right|Relics of St. Anysia, Church of St. Demetrios (Thessaloniki)]]
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[[Image:Anysia01.JPG|thumbnail|right|Relics of St. Anysia, Church of St. Demetrios (Thessaloniki)]]
  
 
==Hymns==
 
==Hymns==
Kontakion in the Third Tone <ref> Copyright to Holy Transfiguration Monastery</ref>
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[[Kontakion]] in the Third Tone <ref> Copyright of the Kontakion to Holy Transfiguration Monastery</ref>
 
:As a doubly-shining lamp of truly mystical brightness  
 
:As a doubly-shining lamp of truly mystical brightness  
 
:do ye shine upon the Church like a high-towering beacon:  
 
:do ye shine upon the Church like a high-towering beacon:  
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:Now together ye are honoured by Christ your Bridegroom for your travails in His Name.
 
:Now together ye are honoured by Christ your Bridegroom for your travails in His Name.
  
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Saint Annysia of Thessaloniki
Saint Anysia the Virgin martyr of Thessaloniki was born in Thessaloniki and died around 304 AD. The Church commemorates her feast-day December 30.

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Life

Anysia was born and lived in Thessaloniki during the Diocletian-Maximian persectutions (284-305). She was the daughter of both rich, but very pious parents. After her parents' death, Anysia lived a very quiet and God pleasing life fulfilling his commandements. She was not overwhelmed by the wealth she inherited rather she took private vows of poverty and chastity and used her wealth to help the poor. Her fear of God became widespread even amongst the idolaters. One day as she was heading off to church she met a Roman pagan soldier. This soldier arrested her against her will and dragged her to a temple to worship to the sun god. Anysia refused and confessed her faith in the one and true God, Jesus Christ. The soldier was so enraged by her response that he abused her even more and started to blaspheme the name of God. Anysia unable to hear his blasphemy spat in his face and covered her face with a veil. Embaressed and angered by her actions, the soldier ripped the veil away from her face to peer at her and drove a sword into her side immediately killing her.[1]

Relics

The relics of St. Anysia are contained on the left-hand side in the Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki.

Relics of St. Anysia, Church of St. Demetrios (Thessaloniki)

Hymns

Kontakion in the Third Tone [2]

As a doubly-shining lamp of truly mystical brightness
do ye shine upon the Church like a high-towering beacon:
thou with beams of martyr's glory, O Anysia;
thou with rays of great ascetic deeds, O Melania.
Now together ye are honoured by Christ your Bridegroom for your travails in His Name.

Notes

  1. There are two authentic bibliographies on the Saint. The first is by an anonymous author (page 107-111) and the second is by the archdeacon Gregorios (page 113-119) in:
    Viteau, J., Passions des saints Écate­rine et Pierre d’Alexandrie, Barbara et Anysia, Paris 1897.
  2. Copyright of the Kontakion to Holy Transfiguration Monastery
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