Saturday, May 13, 2017

Glyceria of Trajanopolis

Saint Glyceria suffered as a martyr for her faith in Christ in the second century, during a persecution against Christians under the emperor Antoninus (138-161). She came from an illustrious family, and her father Macarius was a high-ranking Roman official. Later, the family moved to the Thracian city of Trajanopolis.

Glyceria lost both her father and mother at an early age. Falling in with Christians, she converted to the true Faith, and she visited the church every day. Sabinus, the prefect of Trajanopolis, received the imperial edict ordering Christians to offer sacrifice to the idols, and so he designated a certain day for the inhabitants of the city to worship the idol Zeus (Jupiter).

There are various renditions of the legend but in all it ends with the statue of Jupiter (Zeus) being destroyed and Glyceria arrested for offending the Pagans and their idols.

Glyceria was thrown into a dungeon and tortured, her tormentors attempting to have her renounce the Christian faith. Glyceria endured her torture and was steadfast. She was eventually executed by being set upon by lions.

Glyceria of Trajanopolis - 13 May - Virginmartyr

The Collect

O Almighty God, who didst give to thy servant Glyceria boldness to confess the Name of our Saviour Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of the same our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Epistle - 1 Peter 3:14-18,22

The Holy Gospel - St. Matthew 10:16-22


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