Philothei of Athens
Saint Philothei of Athens is commemorated by the Church on February 19.
The name "Philothei"
The name 'Philothei' is Greek and means 'friend of God'.
Her father was Angelo Venizelos and her mother was called Syriga.
- Angelo Venizelos.
- Many of his family survive in Athens today. The 'Venizelos' name was known for its nobility and wealth.
- She was barren. One day she entered the Church of the Mother of God and prayed for a long time with fervor. She fells asleep and had a vision in which the magnificent and radiant light emitted from the icon of the theotokos and entered her womb. When she awoke, she decided that this vision meant her request to have a child would be fulfilled.
Overview of her life
Philothei of Athens was born and raised in the city of Athens in the year 1522.