Trasilla and Emiliana

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Saints Trasilla and Emiliana
Died sixth century
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Feast 24 December, Trasilla; 5 January (Emiliana)

Saints Trasilla (Tarsilla, Tharsilla, Thrasilla) and Emiliana were aunts of St. Gregory the Great, and venerated as virgin saints of the sixth century. They appear in the Roman Martyrology, the former on 24 December, the latter on 5 January.

Gregory (Hom. XXXVIII, 15, on the Gospel of St. Matthew, and Lib. Dial., IV, 16) relates that his father, the Senator Gordian, had three sisters: Trasilla, Emiliana, and Gordiana. All three had devoted themselves to a religious life and led a life of virginity, fasting, and prayer. They practiced their faith in their own home, located on the Clivus Scauri in Rome.

Gordiana, at first as devout as her sisters, later abandoned this calling and is thus not venerated as a saint.

Tradition states that St. Felix III, an ancestor, appeared to Trasilla and asked her to enter Heaven through death, and on the eve of Christmas Trasilla died, seeing Jesus Christ beckoning.[1] The legend also states that Trasilla a few days later appeared to Emiliana, inviting her to celebrate Epiphany in heaven.

Tradition says that their relics and those of their sister-n-law, St. Silvia, are in the Oratory of St. Andrew on the Celian Hill.


  1. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sts. Trasilla and Emiliana

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.