Febronia of Nisibis

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Saint Febronia
Martirio s. febronia, coste, palagonia.jpg
Martyrdom of St. Febronia, from Byzantine Monastery of St. Febronia, Palagonia.
Virgin and Martyr
Born 284
Died 304
Venerated in

Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodoxy

Roman Catholic Church
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Major shrine San Carlo ai Catinari, Rome[1]
Feast

25 June Roman Catholic Church
12 February Eastern Orthodox Church (in general)
25 June Greek Orthodox Church (in particular)

1 Epip Coptic Church
Attributes Palm of martyrdom and the shears used to cut off her breasts
Patronage Palagonia, Sicily

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.[2]

Febronia is one of the 140 Colonnade saints whose images adorn St. Peter's Square. She is known as a Holy Virgin Martyr.

In the Coptic Orthodox Church, her feast day is 1 Epip which corresponds to 8 July (Gregorian Calendar) or 25 June (Julian Calendar).

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