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Orthodox icon of Saint Eleftherius, Eleutherius, Eleftherios,
Commemorated December 15
Protector Saint of: Childbirth
Hieromartyr Eleutherius was the son of an illustrious Roman citizen, was raised in Christian piety by his mother, Saint Anthea. His virtue was such that at the age twenty, he had been elevated to bishop of Illyria. In the reign of the emperor Hadrian, St Eleutherius was tortured for his bold preaching about Christ, then was beheaded at Rome with his mother Evanthia. The Eparch Caribus, who had tortured St Eleutherius, also came to believe in Christ and was executed.