St Pulcheria the Empress.

Commemorated September 10 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Daughter of the Emperor Arcadius, she vowed to remain in perpetual virginity, and, as an earnest of this vow, had a table of gold and precious stones made for the cathedral.

She reigned together with her brother Theodosius the Younger, and was greatly zealous for the Orthodox faith.

It was at her instigation that the Third Ecumenical Council in Ephesus was summoned, which condemned the Nestorian heresy.

She built the famous church of the Mother of God at Blachernae in Constantinople.

After Theodosius's death, she married Marcian, who was chosen as Emperor, and lived with him as a brother.

It was she who found the relics of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.

She entered into rest in the Lord on September 10th, 453, at the age of fifty-five.

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

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