Febronia of Nisibis
Martyrdom of St. Febronia, from Byzantine Monastery of St. Febronia, Palagonia.
|Virgin and Martyr|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||San Carlo ai Catinari, Rome|
|Attributes||Palm of martyrdom and the shears used to cut off her breasts|
Febronia of Nisibis, also known as Febronia of Sebapte, was a nun at Nisibis, Assyria. She suffered persecution under Diocletian, who offered her freedom if she renounced her faith and married his nephew, Lysimachus, who had been leaning towards conversion to Christianity. Febronia refused and was tortured, suffered mutilation and death. Lysimachus, witnessing her suffering, converted.
Febronia is one of the 140 Colonnade saints whose images adorn St. Peter's Square. She is known as a Holy Virgin Martyr.
- Dall’Oriente all’Occidente il culto millenario di Santa Febronia (in Italian)
- Saint Febronia of Nisibis Patron Saint Index
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