Theodora of Alexandria, and Menodora, Metrodora and Nymhpodora, Virgin Martyrs
St. Theodora sadly listened to the dark power of reason and committed unmentionable sins, but her conscience did not abandon her, but led her to a severe mercy: repentance in a monastery in the guise of a man. Loved by her ‘son’ and slandered by the brethren, her ultimate purity was discovered only after her repose.
The Holy Virgin Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymhpodora, like the Holy Virgins Faith, Hope, and Love, faced the brutality of a government wholly opposed to the one true God. In their contest we benefit, seeing in their victory an icon of meekness and truth which strengthens our own souls.
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Both lives are from the Menology of St. Dimitri of Rostov. 1 CD, 69 minutes.