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January 10th, 2010

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 07:48 am
St. Theosebia was ordained deaconess in Nyssa in 371, shortly after her husband, Gregory, was made bishop. When she died, Gregory Nazianzen wrote Gregory of Nyssa a condolence letter in which he praised her highly (see Ep. CXCVII):

Theosebia, the glory of the church, the adornment of Christ, the helper of our generation, the hope of woman; Theosebia, the most beautiful and glorious among all the beauty of the Brethren; Theosebia, truly sacred, truly consort of a priest, and of equal honour and worthy of the Great Sacraments, Theosebia, whom all future time shall receive, resting on immortal pillars, that is, on the souls of all who have known her now, and of all who shall be hereafter. And do not wonder that I often invoke her name. For I rejoice even in the remembrance of the blessed one. Let this, a great deal in few words, be her epitaph from me, and my word of condolence for you, though you yourself are quite able to console others in this way through your philosophy in all things.