St Lydia Purpuraria – Feast Day – May 20

Today is Saturday, January 28, 2023

St Lydia Purpuraria, also known as Lydia of Thyatira, Lydia of Philippi, or Lydia Philippisia, was a Lay business woman dealing with purple cloth. She was born in the 1st century AD in Thyatira in Greece and was St Paul’s first convert at Philippi. We celebrate her feast day on May 20 every year in the Catholic Church.

The Memorial of St. Lydia Purpuraria – Feast Day

St Lydia Purpuraria Biography

Date of Birth 1st century AD
Country/Place of Birth Thyatira, Greece in Europe
Profession Business laywoman
Place of Work Greece
Date of Death 1st century AD
Place of Death Greece
Feast Day May 20
Canonization Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of Cloth dyers

Saint’s Biography

Saint Lydia Purpuraria was a Lay businesswoman in Thyatira, trading in purple cloth, the most expensive type in the 1st century the Middle East. Lydia was Paul‘s first known convert.

Saint Lydia Purpuraria
St. Lydia Purpuraria

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