St. Anna and Her Son, St. John


Commemorated on June 13

St. Anna and her son, St. John, lived in the ninth century. She was the daughter of a deacon of the Blachernae Church in Constantinople. After the death of her husband, she dressed in men's clothing and called herself Euthymianus. She and her son lived in asceticism in one of the monasteries near Olympus.

St. Anna died in Constantinople in 826. Her memory is also celebrated on October 29.

On this same date, we also commemorate the 10,000 Martyrs, beheaded by the sword for Christ. The year of their death is not known.

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