December 25 – Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison

Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison (Feast Date: December 25)

Extract from Saint Anastasia, Virgin and Martyr – 3rd century:“St. Anastasia was a noble Roman who was raised in the faith by her mother and St. Chrysogonus. She was betrothed against her will to a pagan named Publius, but the man died before he could have her. She had three Christian serving girls who were desired lustfully by the Prefect. Through a number of humiliations and tortures, they kept their virtue and were finally martyred. Another prefect tried to marry Anastasia against her will, but in the bridal chamber he was struck blind. He went to a pagan temple and complained of this to his gods, who replied that he was doomed to spend eternity with them in hell. Yet another prefect tried to wed St. Anastasia so as to gain her wealth. She protested that her wealth had to go to the poor, so he had her shipped to an island where she was burned to death along with a number of other Christians. St. Apollonia took her body back to Rome and buried it in a garden. On the site of the garden a church was later built.”  St. Anastasia PICTURE and PRAYER.

Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison (Feast Date: December 25)

Extract from Saint Anastasia of Sirmium: “Matron of a noble Roman family. Married to a pagan. Spiritual student of Saint Chrysogonus. Martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian. Her name is commemorated in the second Mass of Christmas and the first eucharistic prayer. Nothing is really known about her except her death, but there have been no end of attempts by story-tellers to fill in the blanks.” See also: Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison, St. Anastasia (EN), St. Anastasia (EN), Santa Anastasia, marir de Sirmio (SP), LA STORIA DI  SANT’ANASTASIA PATRONS DI MOTTA (IT), SAINTE ANASTASIE (FR), Żywot świętej Anastazji, Męczenniczki (PO). SeePICTURE of Santa Anastasia de Sirmio. VIDEOS: Santa Anastasia, una santa esposa.

Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison (Feast Date: December 25)

Extract from Saint Anastasia: “St. Anastasia, inflamed with the love of God, occupied her time in consoling and succoring the Christians, particularly those who were in prison, who she exhorted to suffer for the faith. Having heard of the arrest of St. Chrysogonus, she hurried to his prison, and esteemed herself fortunate in having it in her power to be of service to him in this trial. . . .  St. Chrysogonus, by order of Diocletian on Nov. 24 in the year 303, was beheaded, but St. Anastasia continued her mission to the prisoners. . . . . Florus, . . . caused the saint to be shut up in prison, with the intention of starving her; but the Lord miraculously preserved her life. Florus transferred her to another prison thinking the jailer had transgressed his orders to starve her – but she continued to live without food. Florus then ordered her to be put on board a ship with 120 idolaters – the ship was bored with holes and was supposed to sink. The ship soon filled with water, but instead of sinking went ashore; and the miracle worked the conversion of all these persons, who afterwards had the glory of suffering martyrdom for Jesus Christ. St. Anastasia was then conducted to the island of Palmarola, under sentence of death; she consummated her triumph in the flames.” See pictures of St. Anastasia.  See also: Anastasia of Sirmium (Multilingual), Anastasia de Sirmio (Sp) SANTA ANASTASIA (It), Anastasie d’Illyrie (Fr) and Święta Anastazja(Po). Prayer to St. Anastasia.


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Anastasia on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophe:

Toxic Hydrofluoric Acid Vapor Leak in South Korea (September 27, 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 22 – November 4, 2012.

Toxic Alcohol Posoning in West Bengal, India (December, 2011) (Asia)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 19, 2011 – January 1, 2011.

Lead Poisoning in China (January 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 17 – January 30, 2011.

Poisonous Moonshine in Kenya (July  2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – August 2 – August 15, 2010.

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