Monday, February 3, 2014

ST. Filumena (Philomena)

The latest state of this painting. St. Filumena holds a flaming arrow.
Interesting story. After numerous tortures by the Roman Emperor Diocletian (who wanted her for her beauty of which she would not yield) she was put to face archers with flaming arrows. However, this young virgin Christian was yet  to confound the Emperor once again, for the arrows, upon release, returned from whence they came and struck the archers who fired them, killing them dead. Furious at this, Diocletian had her tied to an anchor and thrown into the Tiber. Marvel to behold! she rose up out of the depths of the water, unharmed and dry! He ordered her beheaded, which she was, and another martyr entered the company of Paradise.

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