Icon of St. Antonia of Nicea - (10AN1)

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Commemorated March 1

The Holy Martyr Antonina suffered at Nicea during the persecutions under Emperor Maximian in the late third century. After being tortured, St. Antonina was thrown into prison, but Maximian could not force her to renounce Christ or offer sacrifice to idols.

Angels of God appeared at the side of St. Antonina, and the executioners ran away. Even when she was placed on a red-hot metal bed, St. Antonina remained unharmed by the power of God. Finally, after additional tortures, she was sewn into a sack and thrown in a lake.