Saint Febronia of Nisibis
- Also known as
- Febronia of Sebapte
- 25 June
- Beautiful nun at Nisibis, Mesopotamia.
During the persecution of Diocletian, she was arrested for her faith.
She was offered freedom if she would renounce Christianity, marry Diocletian's nephew Lysimachus, and stop him from joining the Church; she declined.
Tortured, mutilated and murdered.
Lysimachus, who had been leaning toward Christianity to begin with, converted along with many of the witnesses to Febronia's abuse; the judge, Selenus, went insane and killed himself.
This story became immensely popular, and in some of the re-tellings the tortures were described in ghastly detail.
However, it was unknown before the 7th century, was embellished each time, and modern scholars believe it is likely to be fiction.
- 3rd century
- martyred in 304
- holding a palm of martyrdom and the shears used to cut off her breasts
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
For All The Saints, by Katherine Rabenstein
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
español | français | deutsch | italiano | português