Monday, September 25, 2006

St. Sophia and daughters

Sts. Sophia, Faith, Hope, and Charity Sept. 17/30

St. Sophia was a widow in the 2nd century who raised her three daughters as Christians. When the Emperor Hadrian began persecuting Christians they were arrested and brought before the emperor. The emperor entreated the three young girls to renounce Christ and their mother and live in comfort. They refused and were tortured and killed one by one, first Faith, then Hope, and then Charity. St. Sophia was allowed to bury their bodies, which she did. She died herself a few days later.

Source: St. Irene Chrysovalantou

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