Easter: April 15th
Historically today is the feast of Sts. Basilissa and Anastasia, two
noble women who were disciples of the apostles Sts. Peter and Paul at
Rome, and were beheaded by order of Nero, as the Roman and Greek
Ss. Basilissa and Anastasia
The Holy Women Martyrs Basilissa and Anastasia lived in Rome and were
converted to Christianity by the holy Apostles Peter and Paul. They
devoted themselves to the service of the Lord.
When Emperor Nero persecuted the Christians and gave them over to torture
and execution, Ss. Basilissa and Anastasia took the bodies of the holy
apostles and gave them a reverent burial. Rumors of this reached Nero,
and he ordered that Ss. Basilissa and Anastasia be locked up in the
prison. The women were subjected to cruel tortures: were scourged with
whips, had their skin scraped with hooks, and were burned with fire.
However, the holy martyrs remained unyielding, and bravely confessed
their faith in Christ the Savior.
By Nero’s command, they were beheaded with the sword in 68.