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
Born284
Died304
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church

Oriental Orthodoxy

Roman Catholic Church
CanonizedPre-Congregation
Major shrineSan Carlo ai Catinari, Rome[1]
Feast25 June Roman Catholic Church

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

1 Epip Coptic Church
AttributesPalm of martyrdom and the shears used to cut off her breasts
PatronagePalagonia, 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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