Commemorated on February 10
Virgin-Martyrs Hennatha, Valentina and Paula suffered in the year 308 under
the emperor Maximian II Galerius (305-311). Saint Hennatha came from the city
of Gaza (in the south of Palestine), Saint Valentina was a native of
Palestinian Caesarea, and Saint Paula – from the surroundings of Caesarea.
Saint Hennatha was
the first to be brought to trial before the governor Fermilian, bravely
declaring herself a Christian. They beat her, and then they suspended her from
a pillar and began to scourge her.
accused of not worshipping the gods, was led to a pagan temple for an offering
of sacrifice, but she bravely hurled a stone at the sacrifice and turned her
back on the burning of it with fire. They mercilessly beat her and sentenced
her together with Saint Hennatha to beheading with a sword.
Last of all there was
brought Saint Paula, whom they subjected to many torments. She endured them
however by the help of God with great patience and courage. Before death Paula
gave thanks to the Lord for strengthening her in the deed, and having bowed to
the christians present, bent her neck beneathe the sword.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.