Posted by: anna | May 26, 2011

St Glyceria

Today (13 May) we commemorate St Glyceria of Heraclea, a Roman virgin martyr who gave up her life in Greece in the 2nd century AD. From Miss Dunbar (hello, Miss D! it’s been ages.):

St. Gliceria (l),or GLYCERIA, May 13, V. M. c. 177. Represented with stones falling in heaps round her. [I couldn’t find such a representation, unfortunately.] She lived in the reign of Antoninus Pius, and was daughter of a Roman named Martin, who had been three times consul. She and her father were living at Trajanapolis, in Greece, at the time that the persecution of the Christians raged fiercely. Sabinus, prefect of Greece, by the emperor’s command, ordered a universal sacrifice to Jupiter, which persons of all ages and ranks were to attend, each bearing a lighted torch ; instant death to be the penalty of disobedience. Gliceria, who had secretly become a Christian, harangued and encouraged her fellow believers. Soon the streets of Trajanapolis were full of crowds hurrying to the sacrifice. Gliceria appeared before the tribunal of the prefect and begged him to allow her to begin the sacrifice. He consented, not guessing her real intention. When asked where her lamp was, ‘I have a lamp,’ replied the young saint, ‘engraven on my forehead, which shines in the soul and lights the sacrifices which are offered by us to the true God.’ ‘Very well,’ said Sabinus ; ‘take your lamp and sacrifice to Jupiter. Gliceria further requested that all the lamps should be put out. By Sabinus’ order this was done. Then Gliceria turned her face to the people, and they all saw the holy sign of the cross imprinted on her forehead. She prayed to God to break the idols to which the sacrifices were to be made. Her prayer was miraculously answered. A strange noise was heard, and the marble statue of Jupiter fell to the ground, shattered in pieces. Sabinus, attributing this to magic, ordered Glicoria to be stoned, but the people who ran to drag her away fell down and over each other, thus forming a wall round her. She was sent to a miserable prison, where she was visited and comforted by a Christian priest, Filostratus. She was hung up by the hair and beaten, then cast into a furnace, from which she came out uninjured. She was scalped, but on returning to prison, an angel healed her wounds. As nothing seemed to hurt her, Sabinus decided to keep her in prison until the time of the Games, and then hand her over to be torn by wild beasts. While in prison she converted her chief gaoler, Laodicius. When the time came for her to be led to the arena, he accompanied her, declaring his willingness to die with her for Christ’s sake. This so enraged Sabinus that he had Laodicius killed on the spot. The first lioness that was let loose against Gliceria lay down at her feet and began to lick them. The young saint, weary of waiting, prayed to God to take her to Himself. Her prayer was granted. The second lioness gave her one little bite and touched her no more ; but Gliceria soon died of that slight wound, and went straight to heaven.RM. AA.SS., from Basil’s Martyrology, and Arabico-Egyptian Mart. Fiamina, Vite dei Santi, May 11.

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Holy Martyr Glyceria, Troparion, in Tone IV
Thy ewe-lamb Glyceria crieth out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus:/ “I love Thee, O my Bridegroom,/ and, seeking Thee, I pass through many strug­gles:/ I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism,/ and suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee;/ I die for Thee that I might live with Thee./ As an unblemished sacrifice accept me,/ who sacrifice myself with love for Thee// By her supplications save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful.

Kontakion, Tone III, “Today the Virgin…” —
Loving Mary, the Virgin Theotokos,/ thou didst preserve thy virginity uncorrupted; and burning with love for the Lord,/ thou didst suffer with manly mind even unto death,// Wherefore, O virgin martyr, Christ God hath crowned thee with a twofold crown.

Holy Glyceria, pray to God for us.
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