Book of Saints – Euphrosyna

illustration of Saint Euphrosyne on her death bed revealing her true identity to her father; from the Basil Menology; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteArticle

EUPHROSYNA (Saint) Virgin (January 16) (5th century) An Egyptian maiden, born at Alexandria of pious Christian parents. When she was to be married, despite her resolve to consecrate her virginity to God, she (it is said) entered in male attire a monastery of monks whose Abbot was her father’s friend. She took this extraordinary step because she knew that her father would search all convents of nuns and drag her out. For thirty-eight years she lived unknown in a retired cell and utterly alone, and was looked upon by all as a singularly holy man. Even her father, wanting spiritual advice, was introduced to her, and greatly appreciated her wise counsels. He assisted at her last moments, and only then did she disclose her identity. After her death, about A.D. 470, her father himself took possession of her cell, where he passed the rest of his days in penance and prayer.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Euphrosyna”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 January 2013. Web. 24 September 2014. <>