- Orthodox Remembrance Day: February 10
During the reign of Emperor Maximian II Galerius (305-311), three holy virgin martyrs, Ennatha, Valentina, and Paula, fearlessly faced persecution and suffered martyrdom in the year 308. These courageous women each hailed from different regions within Palestine, demonstrating the widespread reach of their devotion.
Ennatha, a pious believer from the city of Gaza in southern Palestine, exhibited unwavering faith as she stood before the governor, Firmilian, and fearlessly professed her Christian identity. In response, she was subjected to severe beatings before being hung on a pillar and mercilessly scourged.
Valentina, hailing from Palestinian Caesarea, was accused of refusing to worship the pagan gods. When she was taken to a pagan temple to offer sacrifices, she displayed remarkable bravery by hurling a stone at the idol, symbolically rejecting its authority. Her act of defiance resulted in relentless beatings, and she was ultimately condemned to be beheaded alongside Saint Ennatha.
Lastly, Saint Paula was brought forth and subjected to a series of agonizing tortures. Yet, with the strength bestowed upon her by God, she endured the torments with remarkable patience and unwavering courage. Before her martyrdom, Paula expressed gratitude to the Lord for empowering her throughout her trials. She humbly bowed before her fellow Christians, bidding them farewell, and willingly offered her neck to the executioner’s sword.
These holy women exemplified unyielding faith and steadfast devotion, even in the face of immense suffering. Their unwavering commitment to their Christian beliefs continues to inspire reverence and admiration among believers. Their sacrifice stands as a testament to the enduring strength of faith and the indomitable spirit of martyrdom.