St. Athanasia of Aegina

Saint Athanasia of Aegina (c.790 in Aegina – 14 August 860 in Timia, Greece) was a saint who worked in the Byzantine Empire and was for a while adviser to the Empress Theodora II. St. Athanasia was the daughter of Christian nobles, Niketas and Irene, and experienced the mystical union of a star merging with her heart while weaving at the loom when she was a young girl. She served as an abbess and was known for her miraculous healing of the sick and those seen as possessed. Her relics are preserved at Timia in a specially made reliquary, and they are revered for their reputed healing powers.


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