St. Euthalia of Syria
Commemorated on March 2
The Holy Martyr Euthalia lived with her mother and brother in Leontina on the island of Sicily. Euthalia’s mother, a pagan, had suffered for many years with an issue of blood. The Martyrs Alphaeus, Philadelphus and Cyprian appeared to her in a dream and told her she would be healed only if she believed in Christ and was baptized.
After being baptized with her daughter, she was healed of her infirmity. When Euthalia’s pagan brother, Sirmianus, learned of their baptisms, he went into a violent rage. The mother was able to flee, but St. Euthalia confessed herself a Christian and suffered martyrdom. After fierce tortures, the saint was beheaded with a sword.
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