Saint Theodosia lived in Caesarea of Cappadocia during the first centuries of Christianity.
When she heard about Christians being tortured for their faith, she was moved by compassion. The beautiful young woman went to the prison to encourage the Christian prisoners. Seeing that she was a Christian too, the jailer imprisoned Theodosia with the rest.
Theodosia prayed that the prisoners would welcome her as a fellow martyr. And, the prisoners prayed that she would remain strong. A great light shone in the prison and encouraged them all.
Her parents came to the prison and gently complained that she had caused them to worry. They reminded her of the wealth she would have inherited. But Theodosia reminded them of the riches of Paradise.
She was tortured by many means, but her captors were not able to kill her until they beheaded her. Finally, her parents buried her. That same night, she appeared to them in gold and crowned with light, and told them to give all their riches to the poor. She urged them to seek the treasures which never fade away – the treasures in heaven.
The ancient Greek name “Theodosia” is related to the name “Theodora,” and means ”Divine Gift.”
We commemorate this Holy Virgin Martyr on April 2.
Holy Virgin Martyr Theodosia, pray that we will also seek the Treasure which never fades, our only Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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