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Saint Dorothy of Caesarea

AKA: Dora of Caesarea
Dorothea of Caesarea

Born: c. 279 - 290

Died: February 6, 311 A.D. in Caesarea, Cappodocia, Turkey (during persecution of Diocletian - beheaded)

Canonized:  Pre-Congregation

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church

Feast Day: February 6

Patronages: Horticulture
Brewers
Brides
Florists
Gardeners
Midwives
Newlyweds
Love
Place: Pescia, Italy

Apochryphal martyr whose story has been beautifully told, and was popular for many years.  Having made a personal vow of virginity, she refused to marry, or to sacrifice to idols.  She was tried, tortured, and sentenced to death for her faith by the prefect Sapricius.

The pagan lawyer, Theophilus, said to her in mockery, "Bride of Christ, send me some fruits from your bridegroom's garden."  Before she was executed, she sent him, by a six-year-old boy who is thought to have been an angel, her headdress which had the fragrances of roses and fruits.  Seeing this gift, and the miraculous messenger who brought them, Theophilus converted and was martyred himself.

This story has been variously enlarged through the years.  In some places, trees are blessed on her feast day because of her connection with a blooming, fruitful miracle.

 


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