Feastday St. Sophia: May the 15th
When did St. Sophia live: I - II century
Biography of St. Sophia:
The legend tells that St. Sophia was a widow from Milan. She went to Rome where many Christians were persecuted, because she wanted to suffer and die for Christ. According to tradition St. Sophia had three daughters named Pistis, Elpis and Agape. This names of Greek origin mean "faith", "hope" and "charity". St. Sophie died a martyr during the empire of Traianus. Presumably Sophie and her daughters are only allegorical figures and not historical personalities.
Statues and sculptures of St. Sophia - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The sculptures represent St. Sophia with a palm leaf, a sword and a book.
Patronage St. Sophia: Protectress of the intelligence, probably because of her name of Greek origins which signifies "knowledge".