May 29 – Saint Laura of Constantinople

May 28, 2018

Photo of the Martyrdom of St. Laura at the Monasterio de Monjas Trinitarias in Madrid by Pedrohuerta.

Saint Laura of Constantinople (died 1453) was a Christian who lived in Constantinople during the 15th century.

She was born in Greece into a noble family: her father was a Latin knight named Michael and her mother was Albanian. Her name was Theodolinde Trasci. After she became a nun in Constantinople, she changed it into Laura, eventually rising to become an abbess.[1] She was martyred by the Ottoman Turks who took Constantinople on 29 May 1453 and scalded her to death with the other 52 sisters of her convent.[2] Her feast day is on May 29.

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Notes:
[1] De Renzis N., Storia di Santa Laura da Costantinopoli nel quattrocentosettantacinquesimo anno della Sua morte, Tip. Editrice R. Riccio Cosenza 1925
[2] Calvo S., Resumen de las prerrogativas del Orden de la Ssa Trinidad, Josef Longas Pamplona I p. 219

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