The Holy WomenMartyrs Kaleria (Valeria), Kyriakia and Maria

Commemorated on June 7

      The Holy WomenMartyrs Kaleria (Valeria), Kyriakia and Maria were inhabitants of Palestinian Caesarea during the time of persecution under Diocletian (284‑305). Having received instruction in the Christian faith, they left off with the pagan manner of life, settled in a solitary place and spent their lives in prayer, beseeching the Lord, that the persecution against Christians would come to an end, and that the faith of Christ would shine throughout all the world. The governor tried to force them to worship idols, but they bravely confessed their faith in Christ. For this they were given over to torture during which time they died.

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.