EUPHEMIA (Saint) Virgin Martyr (September 16) (4th century) A youthful Christian maiden, burned at the stake for the Faith of Christ, in the city of Chalcedon, under the Emperor Galerius, about A.D. 307. She had long before taken a vow of virginity, and by her sober attire made known to all men that she had forsaken the world. Unheard-of tortures appear to have preceded her gaining of the crown of martyrdom, for which she had always proclaimed that she longed. A realistic picture in the great church of the Council of Chalcedon (celebrated a century and a half later under her patronage) portrays her sufferings. She is honoured as one of the chief Martyrs of the Greek Church, and her festival is a holiday over almost all the East. Her relics, rescued from the destructive fury of the Iconoclasts, were translated (A.D. 750) to the church of Saint Sophia in Constantinople, and were in great veneration until their destruction (A.D. 1452) by the Turks.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Euphemia”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 January 2013. Web. 4 August 2015. <>