Catholic Encyclopedia – Saints Trasilla and Emiliana

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Aunts of Saint Gregory the Great, virgins in the sixth century, given in the Roman Martyrology, the former on 24 December, the latter on 5 January. Saint Gregory relates that his father, the Senator Gordian, had three sisters who vowed themselves to God and led a life of virginity, fasting, and prayer in their own home on the Clivus Scauri in Rome. They were Trasilla (Tarsilla, Tharsilla, Thrasilla), Emiliana, and Gordiana. Gordiana, led on at first by the words and example of her sisters, did not persevere but returned to the vanities of the world. After many years in the service of God, Saint Felix III, an ancestor, appeared to Trasilla and bade her enter her abode of glory. On the eve of Christmas she died, seeing Jesus beckoning. A few days later she appeared to Emiliana, who had followed well in her footsteps, and invited her to the celebration of Epiphany in heaven. Tradition says that their relics and those of their mother, Saint Silvia, are in the Oratory of Saint Andrew on the Celian Hill.

MLA Citation

  • Francis Mershman. “Saints Trasilla and Emiliana”. Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15, 1912. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 October 2010. Web. 27 July 2021. <>