Great Martyr Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions

December 22

Saint Anastasia was born in Rome to a pagan father and a secretly Christian mother. She was educated in the medical arts by a pious Christian named Chrysogonus. After her mother died, her father organised her to wed the pagan Publius. Anastasia consented but on their wedding night, she feigned illness and preserved her virginity. At night, Anastasia would often dress herself as a beggar and would visit the Christian prisoners, feeding them, attending to their medical needs, as well as even ransoming many. When Publius found out about this, he beat here severely and locked her up at home. After the death of her husband, she distributed her wealth to the poor and suffering. She then continued to visit the Christian prisoners from city to city. Because of her excellence in the medical arts, she was given the title Deliverer from Potions (Pharmakolytria), often healing many from the effects of poisons, potions, and other harmful substances. One day, when Anastasia had gone to one of the prisons, she found nobody there as the Emperor Diocletian had ordered the execution of all of them. She began to weep loudly and the guards realised she was a Christian and brought her before the prefect. The prefect attempted to entice her to deny her faith but she remained steadfast. A pagan priest was brought to defile her, but as soon as he touched her, he became blind and died soon after. Anastasia was then condemned to death by starvation, however some of the Martyrs she had acquainted would visit her every night and gave her courage. After sixty days, Anastasia was brought out and stretched between four pillars and burned alive. Her body remained unharmed by the fire and a pious Christian buried her relics.

Ἀπολυτίκιον
Ἦχος πλ. α’. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον.
Tῶν μαρτύρων ταῖς χρείαις διακονήσασα, μαρτυρικῶς ἐμιμήσω τὰς ἀριστείας αὐτῶν, δι’ ἀθλήσεως ἐχθρὸν καταπαλαίσασα· ὅθεν βλαστάνεις δαψιλῶς χάριν ἄφθονον ἀεί, θέοφρων Ἀναστασία, τοῖς προσιοῦσιν ἐκ πόθου τῇ ἀρωγῇ τῆς προστασίας σου.
Κοντάκιον
Ἦχος β’. Τὰ ἄνω ζητῶν.
Οἱ ἐν πειρασμοῖς, καὶ θλίψεσιν ὑπάρχοντες, πρὸς τὸν σὸν ναόν, προστρέχοντες λαμβάνουσι, τὰ σεπτὰ δωρήματα, τῆς ἔν σοὶ ἐνοικούσης θείας χάριτος Ἀναστασία· σὺ γὰρ ἀεί, τῷ κόσμῳ πηγάζεις τὰ ἰάματα.

Troparion — Tone 5
As a martyr you emulated the deeds of the martyrs, / To whom you ministered, / And, striving valiantly, you overcame the enemy. / You are an abundant and overflowing source of grace / For all who come to you, O godly-minded Anastasia!
Kontakion — Tone 2
Those in temptations and afflictions hasten to your temple / And are restored by the grace that dwells in you, / For you ever pour forth healings for all the world, / O great Martyr Anastasia!