The women martyrs Selenia and Irene were natives of Egypt and suffered during the reign of Maximian in the fourth century along with Sts Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonidas, Arius, Gorgias, and Pambo.
For their steadfast confession of faith in Christ they were subjected to a fierce scourging. They then threw the sufferers barely alive into prison, where an angel appeared to them and healed their wounds. The holy martyrs died in prison from hunger and thirst.
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