St. Juliana at Heliopolis, in Syria


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Commemorated on December 4

St. Juliana, a virtuous woman of Heliopolis, was in the crowd when the Greatmartyr Barbara was tortured. Her heart was filled with sympathy for the voluntary martyrdom of the beautiful and illustrious maiden. Wishing to suffer for Christ, Juliana denounced the torturers in a loud voice, and they seized her.

They tortured both Barbara and Juliana, raking and tearing their bodies with hooks, and then leading them naked through the city amidst derision and jeers. Through the prayers of St. Barbara, the Lord sent an angel who covered the nakedness of the holy martyrs with a splendid robe.

The steadfast confessors of faith in Christ, Sts. Barbara and Juliana, were then beheaded.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)