St. Lydia lived in the district of Lydia, a district known for its purple dyes. She was a dealer in purple dyed goods. In the year 55, St. Paul came to the city. Lydia was known as “a worshiper of God” the technical name for a partial convert to Judaism. She and her whole family became converts under the powerful preaching of St. Paul. This conversion represents the first one mentioned in Europe. Lydia provided hospitality for St. Paul and his companions, Luke and Silas during their stay at Philippi. This event was written later in St. Luke’s record of the early Church, known as The Acts of the Apostles (chapter 16, verses 11 to 15).
FEAST DAY: August 3
PATRON OF: Dyers