Saint Mary of Cordova was the daughter of Christian parents, her mother having converted from the Moslem religion. In order to worship freely, they left Cordova and went to Froniano, where Mary's brother, Valabonsus, was educated by Salvador, the abbot of the Monastery of St Felix.

Mary was placed under the care of a holy woman named Artemia, whose sons, Adolphus and John, had been put to death for the Christian faith. In 851, Valabonsus, then a deacon of the Christian Church, was also killed for his faith in the Lord Jesus.

Soon afterwards, Mary returned to Cordova, where she met St Flora in the church of St Aciclus, the martyr. The zealous virgins agreed to present themselves in the court. They were then taken and confined in a closed dungeon, where no one had access to them but certain impious lewd women.

St Eulogius, who was at that time detained in another prison, wrote and sent to them his Exhortation to Martrydom.

After their third appearance in the court, they were both beheaded, on November 24, 851.

We honor these Holy Virgin Martyrs on November 24.

Holy Martyr Mary, pray that we may choose friends who will encourage us to please God, no matter what others may do to us or say about us. Amen.

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