The Venerable Virgin Martyr Anastasia the Roman
Saint Anastasia entered a monastery at the age of twenty and was subject to the obedience of the pious Abbess Sophia. The Venerable Anastasia toiled much in her monastery, practicing strict fasting and asceticism. The evil one often sent unbearable temptations to her, however she came out victorious, fighting even stronger against the passions. The evil one having been defeated, devised a new plan to make the holy virgin renounce Christ. During the persecution of Diocletian, some impious men denounced her to the governor who in turn summoned Anastasia to the tribunal. She stated that Christ had resurrected her (as her name means resurrection in Greek) and confessed herself a Christian before all. The governor began with flatteries and then torments, but nothing could sway the pious Martyr to deny her faith. The governor subjected her to unspeakable tortures, parading her naked in the streets, burning her stomach and organs on a pyre, beating her back and crushing her spine, and removing all her fingernails and toenails as well as her teeth and tongue. It is said that her screams were terrifying to even hear, however she did not give in. Having been thrown in an intense rage from being humiliated by a woman, the governor ordered her beheaded. Her holy relics were gathered up by the Abbess Sophia who remained in prayer for the Saint throughout her whole martyrdom. The largest portion of her relics rest at the Holy Monastery of Grigoriou on Mount Athos.
Ήχος γ’. Την Ωραιότητα
Την οσιόαθλον και καλλιπάρθενον, Ρώμης το βλάστημα και μέγα καύχημα, της Αναστάσεως Χριστού, αξίως την επόμενον, δεύτε ευφημήσωμεν, Αναστασίαν την πάνσεμνον, βρύει γαρ ιάσεων, ακεσώδυνα φάρμακα, τοις των λειψάνων αυτής την θήκην, προσπτυσσομένοις μετά πίστεως.
Ἦχος δ’. Ταχύ προκατάλαβε
Ἀσκήσει ἐκλάμψασα ὥσπερ παρθένος σεμνή ἀθλήσεως αἵμασι τὴν τῆς ἁγνείας στολὴν ἐνθέως ἐφοίνιξας· ὅθεν, Ἀναστασία, ὡς ὁσία καὶ μάρτυς, χάριτας ἰαμάτων ἀποστράπτεις ἐν κόσμῳ πρεσβεύουσα τῷ Σωτῆρι ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.
Ἦχος γ’. Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον.
Παρθενίας vάμασι, καθηγvισμέvη ὁσία, μαρτυρίου αἵμασιν, Ἀvαστασία πλυθεῖσα, παρέχεις τοῖς ἐν ἀνάγκαις τῶν νοσημάτων, ἴασιν καὶ σωτηρίαν τοῖς προσιοῦσιν, ἐκ καρδίας, ἰσχὺν γᾶρ νέμει, Χριστὸς ὁ βρύωv, χάριν ἀέναον.
Purified by the waters of virginity, / righteous Anastasia, you were crowned by the blood of martyrdom. / You grant healing and salvation to those in need, / and who call on you from their hearts, / for Christ gives you strength, pouring out on you ever-flowing grace!