Book of Saints – Lydia Purpuraria

Russian icon of Saint Lydia Purpuraria, date unknown, author unknownArticle

(Saint) (August 3) (1st century) A native of Thyatira (now Ak-Hissar), a city in Asia Minor, famous for its dye-works, whence Lydia’s trade (Purpuraria, Purple-Seller). She was at Philippi in Macedonia when her heart was opened and she became Saint Paul’s first convert in Europe and afterwards his hostess (Acts 16:14,15). There are no trustworthy traditions concerning her after-life.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Lydia Purpuraria”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 June 2017. Web. 30 July 2021. <>