The Holy Martyr Golinduc.

Commemorated July 12 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

A Persian, she married a Persian noble and lived three years in wedlock. She then had a vision of an angel, who revealed the other world to her: the torment of sinners and unbelievers and the joy of the righteous. She left her husband and received baptism, being given the name Maria. As a result of her husband's persecution, she was condemned to lifelong imprisonment and spent eighteen years in prison, being steadfast in the Faith. She was then thrown into a pit, but was saved by God; then before a venomous snake, but the snake did not harm her. When some wicked youths were sent to her to defile her, God made her invisible to their eyes. Amazed at her sufferings, many Persians were converted to the Christian faith. She visited Jerusalem, where she denounced the Severian heresy which taught that Christ's divinity suffered, and therefore recited the Trisagion in this form: 'Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, crucified for us, have mercy on us.' Preaching the true Faith up to the end of her life, she died peacefully near the town of Nisibis in 587.

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

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