“Pharmakolyria (Gk): Deliverer from Potions”
(See the website “Mystagogy” below for information and stories on St. Anastasia as a healer of those with mental illness. Most of the stories occurred after she went to be with the Lord, at the Church in Constantinople named after her.)
After the death of her husband Publius, St. Anastasia began to distribute her wealth to the poor. Dressed as a beggar, she would secretly visit Christian prisoners. Through her medical skills and her intercessions many were healed from the effects of poisons and potions.
Arrested in Illyricia, she was brought before the pagan priest Ulpian in Rome. Asked to choose between instruments of torture and gold, jewelry, and fine clothing, she chose the instruments of torture.
Charmed by her beauty, Ulpias sought to defile her, and was struck with blindness and a severe headache. On the way to his pagan temple to appeal to his idols, he perished.
Anastasia was set free, and continued to visit Christian prisoners. But she was again captured and sentenced to death by starvation. St. Theodota the Martyr, whom she had assisted in prison, appeared to her to strengthen her. After remaining unharmed sixty days without food, she was sentenced to die with 120 other prisoners.
On the open sea, the sailors bored holes in the boat and escaped in a galley. But St. Theodota guided to boat safely to shore. 120 men saw this, and believed and were baptized. They were all captured and martyred for Christ.
Stretched between four pillars. St. Anastasia was burned alive. Her body, unharmed by the fire, was buried by a pious woman, Apollinaria, in the garden by her house. Her relics were later translated to a church that was built and dedicated to her in Constantinople. Some time after this, her head and one hand were transferred to the Monastery of St. Anastasia on Mt. Athos.
Kontakion in the Second Tone
When they that are found in trials and adversities flee unto thy church O Anastasia, they receive the august and wondrous gifts of divine grace which doth abide in thee; for at all times, O Saint of God, thou pourest forth streams of healings for the world.
Those in temptations and afflictions hasten to your temple and are restored by the grace that dwells in you, for you ever pour forth healings for all the world,O great Martyr Anastasia!
- Troparion in the Fourth Tone
Your lamb Anastasia, calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: “I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering. In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You. Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered myself in love.” Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.
- Troparion in the Fifth Tone
As a martyr you emulated the deeds of the martyrs, to whom you ministered, and, striving valiantly, you overcame the enemy. You are an abundant and overflowing source of grace for all who come to you, O godly-minded Anastasia!