St. Theosebia, Sister of St. Basil and St. Gregory


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Commemorated on January 10

Saint Theosebia the Deaconess was the sister of Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Peter, Bishop of Sebaste. She was a virgin and served the Holy Church as a deaconess, caring for the sick, distributing food to vagrants, raising orphans, and preparing women for holy Baptism.

When her brother, St. Gregory of Nyssa, was exiled for three years, St. Theosebia stayed with him and shared in all the tribulations of a life of wandering. St. Theosebia died in 385, and St. Gregory the Theologian praised her in a eulogy.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)