October 28, 2019

Saint Febronia, Daughter of Emperor Heraclius

St. Febronia, Daughter of Emperor Heraclius (Feast Day - October 28)


The Kingdom of Heaven Febronia,
You preferred over your inheritance as one who is shrewd.

Emperor Heraclius (610-641) had a daughter named Febronia by his second wife Martina, with whom they bore at least ten children. Febronia was likely named after the Holy Martyr Febronia of Nisibis, whose veneration spread to Constantinople in the seventh century, probably through Emperor Heraclius when in Mesopotamia, and in Constantinople she became known as a wonderworker with Saint Artemios. We know nothing about her life, though it seems she became a nun (at which time she may have received the name Febronia). She reposed in peace.