Virginmartyr servant of Pherbutha

The Holy Martyr Pherbutha and her sister and servants were martyred for Christ between the years 341 and 343. Both sisters and their servants had been brought to the court by the empress to attend her.

One day the empress fell ill. The sorcerers who were brought in to treat the empress saw St Pherbutha and were struck by her extraordinary beauty. One of them asked her to become his wife. The saint answered that she was a Christian and had vowed to remain a bride of Christ.

The offended sorcerer reported to the emperor that the sickness of the empress was caused by poison given her by servants. By order of the emperor, St Pherbutha, her sister and servants were brought to trial.

At the trial the holy martyrs fearlessly declared that they were innocent of any crime, and that they were prepared to accept death for Christ.

St Pherbutha, her sister and her servants, were found guilty of being Christians and of poisoning the empress, and they were sentenced to death. The pagan priests said that the bodies of the Christians should be cut into pieces. They placed three pieces on one side, and three pieces on the other side. Then they told the empress to walk between the body parts in order to receive healing. The bodies of the holy martyrs were thrown into a ditch, from which Christians secretly retrieved them and buried them.