Thursday, December 8, 2022

St Publia – Feast Day – October 9

St Publia was a pious Syrian woman and widow born in the 4th century AD in Antioch, Syria and died in the 4th century AD in Antioch, Syria.

We celebrate her feast day on October 9 every year in the Catholic Church.

St Publia Biography
St Publia - Feast Day - October 9
St Publia – Feast Day – October 9
Date of Birth 4th century
Place of Birth Antioch, Syria
Place of Work Syria
Date of Death 4th century AD
Place of Death Antioch, Syria
Feast Day October 9
Canonization Pre-congregation
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St Publia History

St Publia was a Mother of one son, John, who became bishop of Antioch. When she became a widow, she formed a group of local Christian women into an informal community.

When Emperor Julian the Apostate came through the area in 362 AD en route to a battle with the Persians, he stopped to hear the community singing Psalms during their prayers.

The women were singing Psalm 115 with these verses that had this message that directly attacked the emperor.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths but do not speak, eyes but do not see.
6 They have ears but do not hear, noses but do not smell.
7 They have hands but do not feel, feet but do not walk; they produce no sound from their throats.
8 Their makers will be like them, and anyone who trusts in them.

Psalms 115

He perceived that as an insult to him and had Publia beaten up by his men.

Julian planned to have the entire community executed for the perceived insult but was killed in battle with Persia soon after, leaving Publia and her sisters to live and worship in peace.

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