The Holy Martyress Syncletia and her Two Daughters (VI)
Commemorated on October 24
The Holy Martyress
Syncletia and her Two Daughters (VI) suffered under the Arabian king
Dunaan. Saint Syncletia was descended from an illustrious family. Left widowed
while still quite young, she devoted herself to the Christian upbringing of her
daughters, and she herself led a life both chaste and virtuous. Dunaan in the
meantime had started up a persecution, intending to extirpate Christians from
his realm. He summoned Saint Syncletia and her daughters before him, and in
urging her to forsake her "folly", he promised as reward to take her
into the retinue of his wife. "How canst thou not be afraid, O king, to
speak evil of That One Who hath given thee both royal crown and life?" –
replied the holy martyress.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.