ANASTASIA (Saint) Virgin Martyr (October 28) (3rd century) According to the Roman Martyrology this Saint is called “the Elder,” to distinguish her from the Roman Martyr of the same name but of a later generation. She was brought before Probus, during the persecution of Valerian, and after undergoing the most frightful tortures and outrages, was beheaded (A.D. 253). Cyril, a bystander, gave her water to drink, and received as his reward a Martyr’s crown. Saint Anastasia is said to have been a nun of the community presided over by Saint Sophia, by whom she was buried. She appears to have been a Greek, though there are not wanting hagiographers who identify her with the Roman Martyr above mentioned who is far better known.