St. Nina, Equal to the Apostles, Enlightener of
St. Nina was born in Cappadocia. Tradition says she was a relative of St.
George who travelled to Iberia (Georgia) to convert the people to
Christianity. Scholars believe she was a slave to whom the name "Nina" was
given; she has also been identified as "Christiana". The quiet piety of
her life and her preaching converted many people, and when she cured Queen
Nana of a seemingly incurable disease, Nina converted the queen. When King
Mirian also became a Christian, he sent to Constantinople for bishops and
priests. Nina continued to preach throughout Georgia until her death at
Bodke. A church dedicated to the memory of St. George was built on the
site of her grave.
Karen Rae Keck
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