Saint Virgin-Martyr Artemia of Rome the daughter of Emperor Diocletian & Saint Martyr Alexandra of Rome the wife of Emperor Diocletian of Rome (April 21, +303 & June 7, +309) 

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Saint Virgin-Martyr Artemia of Rome (+303)

the daughter of Queen St Alexandra & Emperor Diocletian of Rome

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St Marcellos I Bishop of Rome (+309)

June 7

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Saint Alexandra of Rome (+303)

the mother of St Artemia & wife of Emperor Diocletian of Rome

April 21

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Saint Virgin-Martyr Artemia of Rome martyred in 309 in Rome, the City of the Martyrs, along with many Christians. Before 6 years martyred her mother Saint Queen Alexandra the wife of  Emperor Diocletian in Nicomedia in Asia Minor (+303).

Saint Virgin-Martyr Artemia of Rome (+309) was the daughter of the Emperor Diocletian, and suffered from demonic oppression. Learning that the prisoner St Cyriacus the Deacon could heal infirmities and cast out devils, the emperor summoned him to the sick girl. In gratitude for healing his daughter, the emperor freed Cyriacus, Smaragdus and Largus. Soon the emperor sent St Cyriacus to Persia to heal the daughter of the Persian emperor.

Upon his return to Rome, St Cyriacus was arrested on orders of the emperor Galerius, the son-in-law of Diocletian, who had abdicated and retired as emperor. Galerius was very annoyed at his predecessor because his daughter Artemia had converted to Christianity. He gave orders to drag St Cyriacus behind his chariot stripped, bloodied, and in chains, to be shamed and ridiculed by the crowds.

St Marcellus I Bishop of Rome, denounced the emperor openly before everyone for his cruelty toward innocent Christians. The emperor ordered the holy bishop to be beaten with rods, and dealt severely with him. Sts Cyriacus, Smaragdus, Largus, and another prisoner, Crescentian, died under torture. And at this time the emperor’s daughter Artemia and another twenty-one prisoners were also executed with St Cyriacus the Deacon.

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Saint Alexandra of Rome (+303)

the mother of St Artemia & wife of Emperor Diocletian of Rome

April 21

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Saint Alexandra of Rome — Christian martyr and saint, known from “Martyrdom of Saint George” as either Emperor Diocletian’s wife.

Saint Alexandra was the wife of the Emperor Diocletian and was secretly converted to Christianity. While Saint George was being tortured, Alexandra went to the arena, bowed before him and professed her faith openly. When she questioned whether she was worthy of paradise and of martyrdom without being baptized, Saint George told her “Do not fear, for your blood will baptize you.” She was denounced a Christian and imprisoned on her husband’s orders in Nicomedia, then sentenced to die.

Her husband was so outraged by her conversion that he is said to have uttered “What! Even thou hast fallen under their spell!” Alexandra quietly accepted her sentence and prayed as the guards walked her to the place of execution. She asked if she could rest for a moment. The guards allowed this. She rested by the place of Saint George’s execution at Nicomedia’s City Wall.

Her three servants Apollo, Isaac and Codratus went to prison with her, the first two died of hunger while the last was beheaded with her on April 21, 303 a.d. Her feast day is usually celebrated on April 23, when she is commemorated at the same time along with the soldier martyrs Anatolios and Protoleon and the 630 others who were martyred for professing faith while witnessing George’s martyrdom.

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Holy Icons of Saint Alexandra of Rome (+303)

the mother of St Artemia & wife of Emperor Diocletian of Rome

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