Saint Anastasia

Anastasia, Saint (ănəstāˈshə) [key], 4th cent., Roman noblewoman, kind to the poor, martyred under Diocletian. Her cult can be traced back to 5th-century Rome. In the Roman Catholic Church, her feast is Dec. 25 and is commemorated in the Christmas Mass at dawn. In the Orthodox Eastern Church her feast is Dec. 22.

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