Elizabeth the Wonderworker and Martyr Sabbas Strateletes

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Elizabeth the Wonderworker and Martyr Sabbas Strateletes

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Elizabeth the Wonderworker and Martyr Sabbas Strateletes ("the General") of Rome, and 70 soldiers with him (272)


April 24

(May 07 West)

Elizabeth the Wonderworker

Saint Elizabeth was born in Heraclea of Thrace. She lived in virginity and exhausted herself with ascetical labours and every kind of hardship from the time of her youth, and was deemed worthy of the grace of wonderworking from God; she reposed in peace in Constantinople in the middle of the fifth century.


Martyr Sabbas Strateletes ("the General") of Rome, and 70 soldiers with him (272)

He came from a noble Gothic family. Like St George, he was an officer in the imperial army. He lived a life of great purity, fasted greatly, and often visited imprisoned Christians. Because of this his Christian faith became known, and when he was summoned before the Emperor, he boldly confessed his faith. He was tortured in many ways, but emerged unharmed. Seeing this miracle, seventy of his fellow-soldiers confessed Christ and were beheaded at the Emperor's command. Sabbas himself was condemned to death by drowning, and gave his soul to God in 272.

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