Saint Lydia Purpuraria

Russian icon of Saint Lydia Purpuraria, date unknown, author unknownAlso known as

  • Lydia of Thyatira
  • Lydia of Philippi
  • Lydia Philippisia


  • 20 May (Roman Martyrology; Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; Eastern Orthodox)
  • 27 March (Russian Orthodox Church)
  • 25 June (Russian Orthodox Church)
  • 27 January (Evangelical Lutheran)
  • 25 October (Episcopal Church; Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod)
  • 3 August on some calendars


Lay business woman in Thyatira, dealing in purple cloth, the most expensive type in the 1st century Middle East. Paul‘s first known convert.




Additional Information


On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us. -Acts 16:13-15

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Lydia Purpuraria“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2019. Web. 30 July 2021. <>