Saint Sophia and her three daughters,Faith, Hope, and Agape

Sophia and her daughters martyred during the reign of Hadrian in Rome, where they had settled after the death of her husband. There they were accused of being known Christians and were arrested. The soldiers placed them in separate cells, and began to interrogate them. First they presented the 12 year old Faith who verified that she was a Christian and the Emperor asked her to denounce her faith in Christ. He offered to make her rich and allow her to live a joyous and happy life. She replied with the strong words found in the Second Chapter of the Epistle to Galatians verse 20: ” I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” After much torture, and refusing to reject her faith, she was beheaded.

Next was the turn of the 10 year old Elpida who also bravely rejected the offer of the Emperor, using as reply a verse from the first letter to Timothy, Chapter 4 vr. 10: ” we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe in Him.”

After this Elpida was put to death, and the 9 year old sister, Agape, was brought to the Emperor. She also refused the offer of the Hadrian with the following words, taken from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to Thessalonians (Ch.3, vr.5): ” …into the love of God, and into the patience waiting for Christ. “

Three days later, God received also Sophia. Our Church remembers the memory of Sophia and her 3 daughters on September 17.