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Saint Of The Day: Sts. Agape, Chione and Irene - April 3rd

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SAINT AGAPE, CHIONA and IRENE (their names meaning meaning Love, Purity, and Peace) are venerated as Christian martyrs.

The three were virgin sisters who were martyred for the faith in the year 304 AD. The story of their martyrdom is the subject of Dulcitius, a 10th-century medieval Latin drama by the secular canoness, Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, the first known female playwright.

Agape, Chione and Irene were brought before Dulcitius, governor of Macedonia, on the charge of refusing to eat food which had been earlier offered in sacrifice to the Roman gods. He asked Agape and Chionia where they had developed this objection to such food, and Chionia responded that she had learned it from her Lord Jesus Christ. She and Agape again refused to eat the sacrificed food, and were burned alive.

Christian books (which was against the law) had been found with Irene and she was burned as well.

They all died in 304 AD.



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