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of the genuine heroines of third century Christianity was a lovely girl
with the name of Kalliope who lived during the reign of the vicious
Emperor Decius, an extremely calloused and pompous monarch who took
delight in barbarous acts, chief among them the persecution of
Christians. When Kalliope reached the age of twenty-one she had already
passed the age when most women of that day married, but it was not for
lack of suitors, which she had in great numbers. Her days were filled
with activity, social and religious and twenty-one years had come and
gone seemingly unnoticed. When at last she seemed ready for marriage
many suitors asked for her hand. One pagan suitor sent word that were
she to reject him in favor of another, especially a Christian, he would
see to it that the pagan authorities would carry out their form of
justice. Kalliope did not hesitate to not only deny this suitor, but
made it plain that she would not marry him even if he were a Christian.
The threat to her life was carried out and, through the use of false
rumor and accusation, she was brought to trial before the magistrate.
She stood accused of a variety of crimes ranging from a mockery of the
pagan faith to treason against the state, all of which was attested to
by a parade of well-paid witnesses. The rejected suitor stepped forth
to offer a withdrawal of the charges against her if she would disavow
Christ and become his pagan bride. The alternative was torture, and if
that didn’t bend her will, then it was death.
If Kalliope had any fear she did not show it but instead she
declared that the only mockery in this affair was the trial itself.
Furthermore, she asserted her faith in Jesus Christ and gave no
indication that she would recant. That was enough to seal her
fate and she was led off to prison. Kalliope was put to the cruelest
of tortures. Taken to the public square, she was bound to the
post and mercilessly flogged until her clothing and flesh were
in tatters. Her beautiful face was scarred with branding irons
and salt was poured into her open wounds, and while the breath
of life was still within her she was told to disavow Christ. When
this gallant girl refused she was put to death. The feast day
of Saint Kalliope is celebrated on June 8.
Portions of the preceding text are from “The
Synaxarion: The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church”
by Hieromonk Makarios of Simonos Petra, and translated from the
French by Christopher Hookway