St. Seraphima, Virgin Martyr, of Antioch


Commemorated on July 29

St. Seraphima, a native of Antioch, lived in Rome in the second century during the reign of Emperor Hadrian with the illustrious Roman Sabina, whom the saint converted to Christianity.

During the persecution against Christians started by the emperor, Governor Virilus gave orders to bring St. Seraphima to trial. She fearlessly went to the executioner at the first summons. The devoted Sabina accompanied her.

Seeing the illustrious lady, Governor Virilus at first set the maiden free, but after several days he again summoned St. Seraphima and began the trial from which she received a martyr’s crown.

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