St. Lydia - The First to Welcome Christianity into Europe

The Baptism of St. Lydia
by Marie Ellenreider - 1861

St. Lydia, who welcomed Paul and believed in his words when he first preached in Philippi is actually known a few different ways ...

St. Lydia of Thyatira 
(she is from Thyatira in modern Turkey)

St. Lydia Purpuraria
(purpuraria means purple-dealer - Acts 16:14)

St. Lydia of Philippi
(Where she was converted by Paul)

... or simply St. Lydia.



After St. Lydia and her household were baptized by Paul, she said ...

"If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home."
- St. Lydia (Acts 16:15b)
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Learn More About St. Lydia

A Few Ministries Named After St. Lydia


A Saint Lydia Necklace

St. Lydia Prayer Card

May 20 - Martyrologium Romanum (2004)
Many sources list August 3 as the Feast Day of St. Lydia, 
however, the 2004 Roman Martyrology has her listed on May 20.

Perhaps the date was changed in order to align it with St. Lydia's Feast Day in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

But, truly, it doesn't matter which day you chose to read about, 
ponder, or reflect upon this inspiring New Testament saint.
St. Lydia is inspiring any day of the year!


St. Lydia In The Bible