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Journey through June – Saint Zoe of Rome – 26/26

Today I have drawn St Zoe of Rome (3rd Century)

Her feast day is 18 December and she is commemorated by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church.

Her life

Saint Zoe of Rome was a noblewoman, married to Nicostratus, a high Roman court official. For six years she had been unable to speak. Saint Sebastian made the sign of the cross over the woman, and she immediately began to speak and she glorified Jesus. Nicostratus and his wife asked for baptism. She lived during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian and his early persecution of Christians.

She was greatly devoted to Saint Peter, and was praying by his tomb when she was arrested for her faith. She died, stifled by smoke, hung over a fire. Her body then was thrown into the River Tiber.

Saint Zoe, along with Saint Sebastian and the rest of his companions, share a series of hymns that are sung on their feast day. Here is the version translated from the original Greek:

Apolytikion of Martyrs Sebastian & Companions – Fourth Tone

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Kontakion of Martyrs Sebastian & Companions – Fourth Tone

Since thou wast great in zeal for godly religion, thou didst assemble an alliance of Martyrs, and in their midst, thou shonest like a flashing star. With the arrows that did pierce thy much-suffering body, thou didst slay the enemy, O Great Martyr Sebastian; and thou thyself didst fly as from a bow into the Heavens, where Christ hath received thy soul.

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