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Procession of Virgin Martyrs, 527-99 (mosaic) by Byzantine School, (6th century); Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy

Feast of Saint Victoria

(d. 250 A.D.)

St. Victoria was a Christian noblewoman from Rome. She, together with her sister, St. Anatolia, were forced into arranged marriages with two pagan noblemen. Both Victoria and Anatolia desired to devote themselves entirely to God rather than marry. Upon this refusal, their suitors denounced the sisters as Christians to the authorities under the persecution of Roman Emperor Decius. The sisters were seized and put under house arrest in order to break their faith and convince them to marry. Instead of weakening, their faith in Christ became more resolute. While under house arrest they sold all of their belongings, gave their money to the poor, and converted the servants and guards who attended them to Christianity. Both St. Victoria and her sister were eventually killed for their faith; first Anatolia, and later Victoria. St. Victoria was stabbed through the heart at the request of her rejected suitor, Eugenius. Her feast day is December 23rd.
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Relics of St Victoria, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome

Through such glorious achievements of the holy martyrs with which the Church blossoms everywhere, we are ourselves proving to our own eyes how true are the words we have been singing that precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. For it is precious both in our sight and in the sight of him in whose name the death took place.”

From a sermon by Saint Augustine
The Martyrdom of Saint Victoria (1737), Nicolas-Sébastien Adam. Sotheby’s Paris- estimate €200,000–€300,000

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope

Saint Victoria, MARTYR, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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