Anysia of Salonika
|Anysia of Salonika|
Salonika, Thessaly, Greece
by the gate of Cassandra
|Venerated in||Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
Anysia was born to a wealthy and pious Christian family in Salonika. She dedicated herself to vows of chastity and poverty, praying and helping the poor. The legend of her martyrdom states that in 304, a Roman soldier apprehended her as she was on her way to mass. Discovering she was a Christian, he beat her, and intended to drag her to a pagan temple to sacrifice to Roman gods. When he tore off her veil (a reminder of her vow of chastity), she spit in his face, and he murdered her.
- Jones, Terry. "Anysia of Salonika". Patron Saints Index. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
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