Domnina, Berenice, and Prosdoce
|Saints Domnina, Berenice, and Prosdoce|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church; Eastern Orthodox Church|
According to Eusebius, Domnina was a Christian noblewoman from Antioch who had two young daughters. According to one account, Domnina and her daughters settled at Edessa, Mesopotamia. Her husband was a pagan.
Domnina was arrested by soldiers for her adherence to the Christian religion. Fearing that the soldiers would rape her and her daughters, they threw themselves into a river after they asked their guards for a chance to rest for a while or after the soldiers had become drunk with wine. All three women drowned.
The account of St. John Chrysostom tells a slightly different story: according to Chrysostom, Domnina, after jumping into the river, pulled her daughters in with her to prevent them from being raped. Chrysostom praised Domnina for her courage and Domnina’s daughters for their obedience.
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- Eusebius; Paul Halsall (ed.) (Feb 1996). "Medieval Sourcebook: Eusebius: The Martyrdom of St. Domnina and Her Two Daughters". Internet Medieval Source Book. Retrieved May 19, 2009.
- "St. Domnina". Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. n.d. Retrieved May 19, 2009.