Book of Saints – Dorothea

[Saint Dorothy of Caesarea]Article

DOROTHEA (DOROTHY) (Saint) Virgin Martyr (February 6) (4th century) The famous Virgin-Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia, who was racked, scourged and beheaded under Diocletian, about A.D. 300, and whose relics are now venerated in Rome. She converted to the Christian Faith the very persons sent to persuade her to renounce it. She is represented with fruit and flowers, in allusion to a lawyer having mockingly asked her to send him “roses and apples” from the garden of her Heavenly Bridegroom, and to his having mysteriously received them on the day of her martyrdom amid the snows of a Cappadocian winter. The cultus of Saint Dorothy appears to have been curiously neglected in the East.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Dorothea”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 12 November 2012. Web. 19 April 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/book-of-saints-dorothea/>