Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saint Tryphena the Martyr

St. Tryphena the Martyr (Feast Day - January 31)

Saint Tryphena, whose name means "delicate", came from Cyzicus on the Hellespont. The daughter of Anastasios, a Roman senator, she was brought up in the Christian faith by her mother. At a time of persecution, she courted martyrdom by ridiculing the sacrifices, which the pagans were offering to their idols, and by exhorting them to convert.

The prefect Caesar had her seized and thrown into a fiery furnace, but she emerged unscathed, protected by divine grace. He then had her thrown from a high promontory onto a bed of nails but again she came to no harm. In the end, she was delivered to the wild beasts. After several had shied away from her she was gored by a maddened bull and thus received the palm of martyrdom.

At the place where her blood was shed, there is said to have welled up a spring of clear water which, when taken by women - or even female animals - whose milk had dried up, it restored its flow for the benefit of their sucklings. For this reason she is considered the patron of nursing mothers.

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