The Holy Martyr Syra.

Commemorated August 24 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

A kinswoman of St Maria (Golinduc - July 12th), she was a Persian, the daughter of an eminent priest of fire-worship. Brought up in paganism, the maiden Syra heard of Christ from some godly Christian woman, and her little heart became inflamed with love for the Lord. In a time of sickness, while still unbaptised, she begged dust from the church of the Christian priest, but he refused to give it to her in her unbaptised state. Then she, with great faith, touched the priest's garments and was healed. This miraculous healing confirmed her yet more fully in the Christian faith. Her soul-less father put her to harsh torture, during which she received encouragement and support from heavenly visions. Cruelly strangled with a cord and then drowned, in 558 at the age of eighteen, in the time of the Persian King Chozroes I, this holy maiden thus gloriously finished her earthly course and entered into the heavenly community of the angels.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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