St. Sophia & Her Three Daughters

St. Sophia & Her Three Daughters

Icon of St. Sophia

During the reign of the impious Roman Emperor Hadrian, a widow of Italian ancestry called Sophia (who suffered in the year 122), whose name means wisdom, lived in Rome. She was a Christian, and in accordance with her name, she lived wisely, showing that wisdom praised by the Apostle James, who says, The wisdom that is from above is first pure, them peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits. (James chapter 3) This wise gentlewoman, Sophia, while living in honorable wedlock, bore three daughters, whom she named after the three great virtues. The first was named Faith, the second Hope, and the third Love, for to what does Christian wisdom give birth other than to God-pleasing virtues?

Soon after the birth of her three daughters, Sophia was widowed. Living piously, she pleased God by prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. She reared her three daughters in a manner befitting a wise mother so that they, being the namesakes of virtues, might in truth acquire those traits, the names of which they bore.

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