About Saint Victoria
- Saint Victoria was a third century Christian martyr. She is most often mentioned along with her sister, Anatolia.
During the time of Decius, the two sisters were in a marriage arrangement to two nobles who were pagans.
- Saint Victoria and Anatolia refused to marry the men and the prospective husbands reported them as followers of Christianity.
- Both Saint Victoria and her sister were imprisoned. Both sisters remained true to their faith and were eventually sentenced to death.
- Saint Victoria was martyred in 250 A.D. when she was stabbed through the heart in Trebula Mutuesca. Legend says that her executioner developed leprosy immediately upon the death of Saint Victoria and died within six days.
- Saint Victoria’s remains were moved to Mount Matenano in 827 A.D. by Abbot Peter of Farfa. The town in Matenano is called Santa Vittoria after the saint.
- On June 20, 931, the body of Saint Victoria was moved once again to Farfa.
- The feast of Saint Victoria is celebrated on December 23 by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
In memory of Saint Victoria, many Catholics wear a Saint Victoria medal or a Saint Victoria charm. They pray for the intercession of Saint Victoria in their own lives, hoping to gain courage and the fortitude to remain true to their faith.
Although most Catholics today are not asked to become martyrs for their faith, there are other temptations in today’s world. Wearing a Saint Victoria pendant is a reminder to resist the temptations of the world and live a life of Christ for all to see.
Prayer to Saint Victoria
Dear Saint Victoria, virgin and martyr,
Hear my voice as I pray for the courage
To resist worldly temptations and sin.
Help me to live a life in Jesus Christ
Resisting all evil as you did, Saint Victoria.
With your aid and the mercy of Jesus Christ
I will remain true to the Light of the Lord.
Free me from fear, so one day I will be with you
And dear Jesus through all eternity. Amen.