Saints Zoa and Photinia.

Commemorated February 13 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Zoa at first tempted St Martinian to immorality, but when she saw this hermit leap into the fire to kill all lust in himself, she repented bitterly, went to a monastery in Bethlehem and lived there in heroic asceticism as a hermit and anchorite. Repenting of all her sins, she received the gift of wonder-working from the Lord. St Photinia was thrown by the sea onto the island where St Martinian was living in solitude. Martinian immediately left the island, but Photinia remained there to the end of her days in fasting and prayer.

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





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