Eusebia of Saint-Cyr, St.

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Abbess and martyr; d. Marseilles, France, 838. She was a benedictine nun and abbess of Saint-Cyr in Marseilles. According to the legend, which has as its basis her epitaph, she and 39 of her sisters were martyred by the Saracens. She may, however, have lived as early as the sixth or seventh centuries. Her tomb is to be found in the church of saint-victor in marseilles.

Feast: Sept. 20; Oct. 12 (Marseilles).

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Oct. 4:292295. a. m.. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige (Metten 193338) 3:8082. g. bardy, Catholicisme 4: 710711. h. leclercq, Dictionnaire d'archéologie chrétienneet de liturgie, ed. f. cabrol, h. leclercq and h. i. marrou (Paris 190753) 1.2:198991; 10.2:223941. s. verne, Sainte Eusébie, abbesse, et ses 40 compagnes martyres à Marseille (Marseilles 1891).

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