Saints of the Canon – Saint Anastasia

14th century Byzantine icon of Saint Anastasia of SirmiumArticle

On Christmas day, in the year 304, Anastasia, a widow, was visiting the faithful on an errand of mercy, on the island of Palmaria, when she was captured and put to death during the persecution under Diocletian. While her pagan husband, Publius, had lived, she suffered many cruelties. At his death she had given herself to works of mercy. Tradition holds that her tutor in the faith was Saint Chrysogonus, who is mentioned in the first list of martyrs, the “Communicantes” list.

The Mass at dawn on Christmas day was said by the Popes in the very old Church of Saint Anastasia, situated in the centre of Rome in the patrician quarters, and consequently, the Church of the great court functions.

It is a gracious tribute to her that her name, which means “resurrection,” should be commemorated in the second Mass on Christmas day, which is said at dawn in Rome.

– from The Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D; Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1958