Anysia of Thessaloniki
Anysia was born and lived in Thessaloniki during the Dioceltian-Maximian persectutions (284-305). She was the daughter 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.
Sometime between the years 285 and 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.
- 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.
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