Saints Zoa and Photinia
(February 13)

Zoa at first tempted St Martinian to immorality, but when she saw this hermit leap into the fire to kill all lust in himself, she repented bitterly, went to a monastery in Bethlehem and lived there in heroic asceticism as a hermit and anchorite. Repenting of all her sins, she received the gift of wonder-working from the Lord. St Photinia was thrown by the sea onto the island where St Martinian was living in solitude. Martinian immediately left the island, but Photinia remained there to the end of her days in fasting and prayer.

* 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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