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[[Image:Eudokia.jpg|right|frame|Saint Eudokia of Heliopolis]]
The holy and glorious [[Martyr]] '''Eudokia of Heliopolis''' (d.107) was an ascetic nun who died under the persecution of the governor Vicentius. The [[Orthodox Church]] commemorates her martyrdom on [[March 1]]. ''Eudokia'' means ''goodwill''
She began life as a pagan, a Samaritan woman who lived in Phoenicia (present-day Lebanon).
She was introduced to the Christian faith by the [[monk]] Germanos, who was staying at a neighboring house. Under his guidance she became a Christian.
Eudokia discarded her previous life to become a nun. She built a [[monastery]] near the city of Baalbeck and ministered to the many people who came to receive assistance. Because of her beauty, she also had many suitors. One suitor named Philostratos was persistent enough to seek her out in the hope of securing favor before her fortune had been dissipated. Eudokia refused to help him, and, when in his anger he seemed struck dead by the Lord, she prayed to God for his recovery. Brought back to his senses, he was easily converted to Christianity.
The [[conversion]] of so many to Christianity brought [[Saint]] Eudokia to the attention of the authorities who had her beheaded in 107 AD.
:and hath bestowed on thee His grace to heal,
:O wise Eudocia, thou rival of angel-kind.
==External Links and Sources==
*[http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/eudokia.htm St. Eudokia, Holy Martyr] from the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]] website
*[http://cs-people.bu.edu/butta1/divenbog/MARCH/01-MARCH.DOC The Holy Monastic Martyress Eudocia] from a translation of the Mesyatseslov of Saints Lives from the 1978-1979 Volumes 2-3 of the Moscow Patriarchate texts, the ''Reference Book for Clergy-Servers'' (in MS Word format)
http://www.goarch.org /en/chapel/saints .asp?contentid=446 Eudokia the Martyr of Heliopolis] from the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] website
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100625 The Holy Monastic Martyr Eudokia] from the [[Orthodox Church in America]] website