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Saint of the Day - Saint Bibiana

Other than that she died in 361 or 362 and that she was a virgin and martyr, not much is known about St. Bibiana.

(Picture found in the public domain)

She was born of Christian parents who were both martyred during the reign of Julian the Apostate. Her father was severely beaten and sent to live in exile. He died of his wounds en route to his place of exile. Her mother was beheaded.

Bibiana and her sister, Demetria, were stripped of their belongings and forced to live alone in their family home with no food or water. When the emperor found that a lack of nourishment had not forced the sisters to renounce their Faith, he had them brought before him. Demetrias refused to renounce her Faith in the one true God and fell dead at the emperor's feet. Bibiana also refused to denounce her Faith and was given over to a cruel pagan woman who tried to force her into a life of prostitution. Bibiana refused this and was tied to a pillar where she was severely scourged and beaten.She died of her torture. Her body was discarded into the woods to be eaten by wild animals, but they refused to devour her.

Her body was recovered by a priest and buried with a chapel built over her grave that she might be venerated.

Saint Bibiana, pray for us!

Join me at 3:30 PM Eastern time for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy6, to hear about Saint Biniana and to pray the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena.

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena:

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear our prayer and grant our desires, held in our hearts through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.


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