Our Holy Mother Apollinaria
(January 5)



She was the elder daughter of Anthemius. the regent during the minority of the Emperor Theodosius the Younger, his second-born daughter being insane. She refused to marry, being in her heart be-trothed to Christ- Going off into the Egyptian desert, wearing man's dress and using the man's name Dorothcus, she entered a men's monastery where she lived in asceticism, lifting up her soul con-stantly to God and burning with love towards I [is whole creation.

It was suggested to Anthemius the Regent that he send his remaining, insane, daughter to the hermit, that prayers might be read over her. And so, by the providence of God, it came to pass that Apollinaria healed her insane sister by the power of prayer.

As soon as she died, the secret became known-that she had been a woman, not a man. '1'he manly courage of this holy virgin has remained as an example and stimulus throughout the ages to all who take thought for their salvation. She entered into rest in the year 470.



* From "The Prologue from Ochrid", by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic - Lazarica Press - Birmingham 1985
Four Book Edition - Translated by Mother Maria - Dates based on old church calendar.
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