St. OLIMPIA of Nicomedia (361 - 25 July 408), venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and the Eastern Church. Born in a powerful and rich family of Constantinople, close to the imperial court, he remained young orphan and was raised by the sister of Bishop Anfilochus, Teodosia, Bible study and Christian practice. At 24 he married the prefect Nehdi, who left her widow just over a year later. Emperor Theodosius would have arranged for her new weddings, but she declined, arguing that if the Lord wanted her to be married she would not take her husband away. Teodosio then confiscated all of his possessions, thinking to show that he needed marriage at least not to give up his lifestyle; Olimpia, however, accepted this measure as a blessing, living peacefully in poverty. After more than four years, seeing her determined in her convictions, the Emperor restored her property, with whom she founded a convent and devoted himself to charitable works, working with St. John Chrysostom. He died in Nicomedia, where he had fled to exile to escape persecution against John's followers. Commemoration on December 17th. Colored Etching, Italy 1886

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title: HOLY OLYMPIA FROM NICOMEDIA

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caption: St. OLIMPIA of Nicomedia (361 - 25 July 408), venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and the Eastern Church. Born in a powerful and rich family of Constantinople, close to the imperial court, he remained young orphan and was raised by the sister of Bishop Anfilochus, Teodosia, Bible study and Christian practice. At 24 he married the prefect Nehdi, who left her widow just over a year later. Emperor Theodosius would have arranged for her new weddings, but she declined, arguing that if the Lord wanted her to be married she would not take her husband away. Teodosio then confiscated all of his possessions, thinking to show that he needed marriage at least not to give up his lifestyle; Olimpia, however, accepted this measure as a blessing, living peacefully in poverty. After more than four years, seeing her determined in her convictions, the Emperor restored her property, with whom she founded a convent and devoted himself to charitable works, working with St. John Chrysostom. He died in Nicomedia, where he had fled to exile to escape persecution against John's followers. Commemoration on December 17th. Colored Etching, Italy 1886

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