May 31 – Hermias of Comana; Petronilla of Rome

Hermias of Comana (d. 160) served long in the Roman army, but when it came time to retire, he refused to take his severance pay and instead confessed his Christian faith as he signed the discharge papers. This was clearly the wrong thing to do, and before he knew it he was standing before Sebastian,… Continue reading May 31 – Hermias of Comana; Petronilla of Rome

May 30 – Macrina the Elder; Joan of Arc

Macrina the Elder (d. ca. 340) was a student of Gregory the Wonderworker, early formulator of the teaching of the Trinity that would find its fullest expression in the Nicene Creed some years later. She has been lauded for her intelligence, and was apparently both a good student and a good teacher, passing Gregory’s teachings… Continue reading May 30 – Macrina the Elder; Joan of Arc

May 29 – Theodosia of Tyre; Theodosia of Constantinople

Theodosia of Tyre (d. 307) went from there to Caesarea, where (on Easter Sunday) she bumped into a number of Christians in chains waiting to be interrogated. She stopped to ask them for their prayers, and was nabbed by the guards and taken to the governor. Upon being asked, she refused to sacrifice to the… Continue reading May 29 – Theodosia of Tyre; Theodosia of Constantinople

May 28 – Heliconis of Thessalonica; Margaret of Salisbury

Heliconis of Thessalonica (d. 244) moved from her hometown of Thessalonica to Corinth just in time to get caught up in the persecution of Christians. No shrinking violet (or local equivalent), she exhorted pagans to abandon their unhearing, unseeing, etc., idols and convert to Christianity. Predictably, she was arrested, and soon stood before Governor Perinus,… Continue reading May 28 – Heliconis of Thessalonica; Margaret of Salisbury

May 27 – John the Russian; Anselm of Canterbury

John the Russian (ca. 1690–1730) was born in (what is now) Ukraine, and served as a soldier during the Russo-Turkish War. He was captured in battle and sold into slavery to a Turkish cavalry commander from Prokopion (in Asia Minor). As was not infrequently the case, he was threatened, tortured, beaten, and so forth to… Continue reading May 27 – John the Russian; Anselm of Canterbury