Martyr Ia of Persia
Feast day - September 11/24
The Holy Martyr Ia was arrested along with 9,000 Christians by the Persian emperor Sapor II, and they were all brought to the Persian city of Bisada. The chief of the Persian sorcerers demanded that the saint renounce Christ, but she remained unyielding and so she was tortured. Then St Ia was thrown into prison. She was beheaded after repeated tortures.
According to Tradition, the sun was darkened at the time of her martyrdom, and the air was filled with a sweet fragrance.