Agathoclia

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Saint Agathoclia
Agathocleia (Menologion of Basil II).jpg
Miniature from the Menologion of Basil II
Born ~230 AD
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Feast September 17
Patronage Mequinenza, Aragon

Saint Agathoclia (Agathocleia;[1] Spanish: Santa Agatoclia) (d. ~230 AD) is venerated as a patron saint of Mequinenza, Aragón, Spain. Her feast day is September 17.

Biography[edit]

Tradition states that she was a virgin Christian slave owned by two people who had converted to paganism from Christianity, named Nicolas and Paulina. They subjected Agathoclia to regular physical abuse, including whipping and other violence, in an effort to get Agathoclia to renounce her faith. She repeatedly refused to do so.

Her owners then subjected her to a public trial by a local magistrate. There too, she refused to renounce Christianity, which subjected her to savage mangling from the authorities. When she was found guilty, her sentence included having her tongue cut out, a nonfatal injury.

There is some disagreement about how Agathoclia met her death. Some sources say that her mistress Paulina poured burning coals on her neck. Other sources say that she herself was cast into fire.

Veneration[edit]

The town of Mequinenza celebrates festivals in honor of Santa Agatoclia (called simply “La Santa”) from September 16 to 20.[2] There is also a confraternity in the town dedicated to the saint.[3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Latinization of the Greek name Ἀγαθόκλεια.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]

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