Wasilisa | Basilissa

  • Remembrance Day Orthodox: January 8 and June 21
  • Name means: the royal (Greek)
  • Benefactress
  • Died End of the 3rd century in Antinoë, today ruins at El-Roda, Egypt

According to cherished tradition, Basilissa and Julian resided in the ancient city of Antinoë as a virtuous married couple dedicated to a life of asceticism and purity. Their home served as a refuge for those in need, becoming a place of solace and care. Moved by their unwavering devotion, divine intervention was said to occur, causing idols to be consumed by fire through the power of their prayers.

Tragically, during the relentless persecutions orchestrated by Emperor Diocletian, Julian was apprehended and met a martyr’s fate, while his wife Basilissa had already passed away, their love and faith enduring even in the face of adversity.

Basilissa and Julian’s exemplary lives have been eternally honored, their names having been recorded in Jerome’s Martyrology, a significant testament to their enduring legacy. Remnants associated with their sacred presence can be venerated in esteemed places of worship, including the churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Paolo fuori le Mura in Rome. Additionally, the Cathedral of San Marco in Venice holds treasured relics that serve as tangible connections to the inspiring lives of Basilissa and Julian, perpetuating their memory for generations to come.

Source: © Ikonen Mautner. Typing errors, other errors or changes reserved. AO: “Das Synaxarion. Die Leben der Heiligen der Orthodoxen Kirche.” (http://www.prodromos-verlag.de/buecher.html) and Joachim Schäfer: Artikel Aaron, aus dem Ökumenischen Heiligenlexikon – https://www.heiligenlexikon.de