Sanit Sabina (Martyr)

Sanit Sabina (Martyr) St. Sabina

Sanit Sabina (Martyr)

Widow of Valentinus and daughter of Herod Metallarius, suffered martyrdom about 126. According to the Acts of the martyrdom, which however have no historic value, she lived at Rome and was converted to Christianity by her female slave Serapia (a Syrian). Serapia was put to death for her faith and later, in the same year, Sabina suffered martyrdom. In 430 her relics were brought to the Aventine, where a basilica, which is very interesting in the history of art, is called after St. Sabina. Some sources hold that Sabina herself had it constructed in the third or fourth century. Originally the church was dedicated to both saints. The feast of St. Sabina is celebrated on 29 August in the Roman Jurisdiction and in the East, and on January 29 in Western Orthodoxy.

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