Greek: gift of God
Virgin, martyr (c.311), died Caesarea, Cappadocia. According to the legend the pagan, Theophilus, mocked her on her way to execution, “Bride of Christ, send me some fruits from your bridegroom’s garden.” Before she was put to death she sent him her headdress filled with heavenly fragrance of roses and fruits. He, confessing his newly-found faith, was also martyred. Patroness of gardeners. Emblems: crown of flowers and fruit. Relics in church of Saint Dorothea, Rome. Feast, 6 February.