Virgin and martyr, suffered during the persecution of Diocletian, 6 February 311, at Caesarea in Cappadocia. She was brought before the prefect Sapricius, tried, tortured, and sentenced to death. On her way to the place of execution, 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, her headdress which was found to be filled with a heavenly fragrance of roses and fruits. Theophilus at once confessed himself a Christian, was put on the rack, and suffered death. This is the oldest version of the legend, which was later variously enlarged.
Dorothea is represented with an angel and a wreath of flowers. She is
regarded as the patroness of gardeners. On her feast, trees are blessed
in some places. In the West, she has been venerated since the seventh