Saint Glyceria lived during the second century, in Trajanapolis, in Greece. She grew up during a time of great persecution under the emperor, Antoninus Pius.
According to the Emperor’s command, Sabinus, the prefect of Greece, ordered that everyone join in a sacrifice to Jupiter. Each citizen was to bring a torch, or lamp.
Glyceria was forced to attend, but she did not bring a lamp. When questioned, she answered that she had a lamp engraved on her forehead, which shines in her soul and on sacrifices offered to the True God. As she approached the place of the sacrifice, the sign of the Cross appeared on her forehead. Then the Saint prayed that the idols would be destroyed. Her prayer was answered; the marble statue of Jupiter fell to the ground, shattering into pieces. She was captured and tortured. However, her ghastly wounds were healed by an angel.
Finally, Glyceria was condemned to the arena. The first lioness sent to attack her lay down at her feet and began to lick them. The weary Saint prayed this time for God to take her to heaven. So, the second lioness bit her, but only once, and then left her alone. Glyceria died quickly and went to her heavenly home.
Saint Glyceria died around the year 177AD.
The Greek name “Glyceria” means “sweet.”
We honor this Holy Virgin Martyr on May 13.
Sweet Saint of God, strengthen us, that we place all our confidence upon our Lord Jesus Christ alone. As we pray to His most pure Mother, “Entrust me not to any human protection.” Amen.