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