The Church commemorates the feast of St. Anastasia of Sirmium during the Christmas Mass at Dawn. During the Introit, the celebrant exclaims, “Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that we who devoutly keep the Feast of blessed Anastasia, Thy Martyr, may feel the effects of her pleadings with Thee.”
Keeping her feast day on this day of her martyrdom reminds the faithful that the universal church is built on the faith and sacrifices of those saintly men and women who spread the Good News. Saint Anastasia is also named along with other major saints after the prayers of consecration and before communion.
Widowed at a young age, she never remarried but instead dedicated her life to serving the poor and the imprisoned. Because of this healing charism, Saint Anastasia is known as a healer and the “deliverer of potions.” She is also the patron saint of weavers, widows and martyrs.