St. Anastasia the Greatmartyr
How can St. Anastasia intercede for us?
St. Anastasia is known for her healing abilities and care for the sick and suffering. Many students pray to her, as well as St. Gerasimos and St. Naum of Ochrid, for relief from psychological conditions and disorders.
The Life of St. Anastasia
St. Anastasia lived in Rome in the 3rd century AD, under the pagan emperor Diocletian. Her mother, a Christian, educated her in the faith. After her mother’s death, Anastasia was married to a pagan man named Publius. She refused to renounce her faith during her marriage, and secretly ministered to captive Christians imprisoned for their faith in Christ. After her husband’s death, St. Anastasia began to distribute her property to the poor and suffering.
She continued her ministry in her adult life, ministering to prisoners, healing wounds, and relieving suffering. She is known today as St. Anastasia Pharmakolytria, or Deliverer from Potions, since she healed many by her intercessions. She is particularly known for healing mental illnesses. Her many great works and miracles led to her fame in the area, and her eventual arrest under Diocletian’s persecution of Christians at that time. She was tortured and put to death by fire in the year 290.
Feast day: December 22
Learn her Troparion
“Your lamb Anastasia, calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: ‘I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering. In baptism, I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You. Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered myself in love.’ Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.”
Pray to her
O holy saint Anastasia, healer and minister to captives, who did suffer greatly as a martyr while relieving the suffering of the poor and the sick, pray for us who are ill in soul and in body. Relieve us by your intercessions from the illnesses of our minds, from all evil temptation that seeks to disturb us, and from the suffering of our many afflictions. We ask these things boldly of you as you boldly approach the throne of our Lord Jesus Christ who alone is the Healer and Lover of Mankind. Amen.
St. Maria of Paris