Great Martyr Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions, also known as Anastasia the Healer. While I chose today to post my previous blog due to today’s feast on the Old calendar, a secondary topic of my recently revised book is very relevant to today’s commemoration of St. Anastasia on the New calendars.
St. Anastasia received the honour of “Deliverer of Potions,” or Φαρμακολύτρια (Pharmakolytria), due to many healings from the effects of potions, poisons, spells and other harmful substances through her prayers and intercessions. Not only is the root of Pharmakolytria, φάρμακον (pharmakon), the origin of the English word pharmaceutical, there’s only an iota of difference between the beginning of St. Anastasia’s name (Ἀναστασία) and the origin of word anesthesia, ἀναίσθητος (anaisthetos). While the root of St. Anastasia’s name, ἀνάστασις (anastasis) means “resurrection from the dead,” the origin of the word anesthesia, ἀναίσθητος (anaisthetos) means “without feeling or perception.”