Saint Xenia the Righteous of Rome and her two female slaves

Saint Xenia the Righteous of Rome and her two female slaves

Saint Xenia the Righteous of Rome was a saint of 5th century, honored by some Christian Churches, including Orthodox.[1] Born with the name Eusebia to wealthy parents in Rome, she is said to have left Rome at the age of 17 to escape an unwelcome arranged marriage. She traveled to the island of Kos in the Aegean Sea, where she was given the name "Xenia" (stranger) and eventually became a deaconess revered for having the power to heal.

Of her is written that she "helped everyone: for the destitute, she was a benefactress; for the grief-stricken, a comforter; for sinners, a guide to repentance. She possessed a deep humility, accounting herself the worst and most sinful of all.". The Feast of St. Xenia is celebrated in the Orthodox church on January 24, the day on which she died. She is said to have foreseen her own death.

24 january: Hieromartyr Babylas of Sicily and his two disciples, martyrs Timothy and Agapius (3rd century); Martyrs Paul, Pausirius, and Theodotian, brothers, of Egypt (3rd century); Martyrs Barsimos of Syria, and his two brothers, by the sword, in Persia; Martyr Philippicus the Presbyter; Martyr Chrysoploki (Chrysoploca); Saint Helladios the Commentarisius (prison warden) (see also January 18); Martyrs Hermogenes and Menas (Mamas, Mamatos) (see also December 10); Saints Hermogenes and Philemon, Bishop of Karpathos; Venerable Macedonius of Syria, hermit of Mt. Silpius, near Antioch (c. 420); Saint Xenia the Righteous of Rome and her two female slaves (5th century); Saint Philon (Philonas, Philo), Wonderworking Bishop of Karpasia on Cyprus (5th century); Venerable Zosimas, ascetic of the desert; Saint Zosimas of Cilicia, Bishop of Babylon in Egypt (6th century); Saint Felician of Foligno, Bishop of Foligno in Italy (254); Saint Zamas, first Bishop of Bologna in Italy (ca. 268); Saint Artemius (Arthemius), Bishop of Clermont (396); Saint Exuperantius of Cingoli, Bishop of Cingoli near Ancona in Italy (5th century); Saint Guasacht, converted by Patrick, whom he helped as Bishop of Granard in Ireland (5th century); Saint Lupicinus of Lipidiaco, Gaul (500); Venerable martyr Cadoc (Docus, Cathmael, Cadvaci), founder of the monastery of Llancarfan near Cardiff in Wales, hermit (ca.580); Saint Suranus, Abbot of a monastery at Sora near Caserta, martyred by the Lombards (c. 580); Saint Bertrand (Bertram, Bertran, Ebertram), a disciple of St Bertinus, helped St. Omer enlighten the north of France and Flanders, Abbot of Saint-Quentin (7th century); Saint Erembert I, Abbot of Kremsmünster Abbey in Austria (ca. 1050); Venerable Neophytus the Recluse, of Cyprus, Wonderworker (1204); Saint Gerasimus of Perm, Bishop of Perm (1441); Martyr John of Kazan (1529); Venerable Dionysius of Olympus, and Mt. Athos, Wonderworker (1541) (see also January 23); Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ (1806); Saint Sophia, first Abbess of Shamordino Convent (1888); Martyr Nicholas Tsikury (1918); Other Commemorations: Translation of the relics (632) of Monk-martyr Anastasius the Persian (628) Dedication of the Church of St. Zacharias, in Constantinople, founded by St. Domnica of Constantinople (5th century); Dedication of the Church of the Holy Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist, near Taurus; Repose of Bishop Nektary (Kontzevitch) of Seattle (1983); Commemoration of the Seven Venerable Saints of Philotheou monastery: Philotheos (master builder of the monastery), Theodosius (Igumen and Metropolitan of Trebizond), Dionysius and Symeon, Dometios the Hesychast, Damianos, and hieromartyr Cosmas of Aetolia, Equal-to-the-Apostles

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