Saint of the day 3rd August 2022, we celebrate Saint Lydia Purpuraria
SAINT OF THE DAY✝️
SAINT LYDIA PURPURARIA.
FEASTDAY; 3RD AUGUST
Born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), a town in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller).
She became Paul’s first convert at Philippi. She was baptized with her household, and Paul stayed at her home there. St. Lydia Purpuraria, was the first Christian convert in Europe, a businesswoman who dealt in luxury goods. She was a seller of purple dye and was St. Paul’s first convert at Philippi.
Lydia was a woman of hospitality, a woman of faith. As a successful businesswoman she most likely had a home spacious enough to welcome guests and to use her home as a Christian center, where others would gather for the Holy Mass and prayer.
After Paul and Silas were released from prison, they went immediately to Lydia’s house to see and encourage the believers gathered there. Lydia served the Lord through her gift of hospitality by welcoming others into her home.
On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.
St. Lydia, pray for us.