Commemoration of Saint Euphemia the Great Martyr

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy and Meliti presided over the Divine Liturgy for the commemoration of St. Euphemia the Great Martyr, whose entire relic is preserved intact and treasured at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. The service was attended by His All-Holiness, clergy of the Patriarchal Throne, and numerous pilgrims […]

The Church of Saint Euphemia in the Hippodrome

One of the most beautiful and ancient Christian shrines of modern day Istanbul is the Church the Holy Martyr Euphemia, which amazes with its beauty, history and unusual aura of a really holy place. About Saint Euphemia St. Euphemia was born in Chalcedon, not far from Constantinople. Together with 48 Christians she refused to take […]

Saint Euphemia’s Conversation with Elder Paisios

Saint Euphemia the Great Martyr (Feast Day – September 16 and July 11). Elder Paisios directed the nuns of Saint John the Theologian Monastery in Souroti to depict St. Euphemia in this way (see icon above) as he saw her in his vision. Saint Euphemia was from Chalcedon and lived a life of virginity for […]

The Passion of the Holy Great-Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised

  During the reign of the impious Diocletian, Chalcedon was governed by the proconsul Priscus, who was appointed to his position by the Emperor. Priscus, wishing to celebrate a feast in honor of the demon called Ares, sent a decree in the Emperor’s name to the cities and villages roundabout, commanding that all should gather […]


St. Euphemia was born in Chalcedon (present-day Kadköy), the daughter of devout parents, Philophron and Theodosiani. She was tortured during the persecutions of Emperors Diocletian and Maximian in the late third century. The Saint played a major role in inspiring the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council. During that council (451), St. Euphemia worked a […]