Friedbert Andernach: Saint Anastasia
Verre églomisé picture
The original of this picture is in the Epilepsy Museum in Kork.
The legends of two martyrs are combined in the figure of Saint Anastasia (Greek: the risen one): Anastasia of Sirmium (Croatia) and Anastasia, the Roman. Both are said to have died in the year 304. The church celebrates the Roman saint's day on December 25th. Anastasia's name was included in the canon of masses in the 3rd mass on Christmas Day, the Shepherd's Mass. People pray to the saint for help with illnesses of the chest, but especially with illnesses of the head (also epilepsy).
Anastasia, the Roman, was the daughter of the imperial administrative official Praetextatus and his Christian wife Flavia. After her mother's early death, Anastasia was brought up by the Christian Chrysogomus.