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St. Domnina of Syria


Commemorated on March 1

The Virgin Domnina of Syria was a disciple of St. Maron. She built a straw-covered hut in her mother’s garden and lived there as an ascetic, eating only lentils soaked in water.

St. Domnina went to church each morning and evening, covered in a veil so that no one ever saw her face. Her voice, in the words of her biographer Theodoret of Cyrrhus, was “resonant and expressive, and her words were always accompanied by tears.” She peacefully fell asleep in the Lord between 450-460.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (