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St. Apollonia

St. Apollonia, a deaconess and a holy virgin who suffered martyrdom in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians (end of 248, or beginning of 249). During some festivities the agitation of the populace rose to a great level, and when one of their poets prophesied a calamity, they began massacres of the Christians whom the authorities made no effort to protect. The great Dionysius, then Bishop of Alexandria (247-265), relating the sufferings of his people in a letter addressed to Fabius, Bishop of Antioch, wrote about Apollonia: “These men seized her also and by repeated blows broke all her teeth. They then erected a pile of fagots outside the city gates and threatened to burn her alive if she refused to repeat impious words after them (either a blasphemy against Christ, or an invocation of the heathen gods). Given, at her own request, a little freedom, she sprang quickly into the fire and was burned to death.”
St. Apollonia's cult was popular in the early centuries of Christianity in the West, but  there was no cult in the East.
Feast day: 9 February.
See: Rogier van der Weyden St. Margaret and St. Apollonia.
Francisco de Zurbarán St. Apollonia.

Recommended reading:
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference) by David Hugh Farmer. Oxford University Press, 2003.
The Golden Legend by Jacobus De Voragine, William Granger Ryan (Translator). Princeton Univ Pr, 1995.

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