On the 27th of the month, Saint ‘PROCLA, the wife of Pontius Pilate

Saint Procla, also called Claudia, Procla Claudia, or Procula, died in peace.
When Pilate was seated in the judgement-hall with Christ before
him, his wife Procia sent to him saying: Have nothing to do with
that just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a
dream because of him (Matt. 27:19). But in his anxiety to please
the people and to avoid trouble, Pilate did not heed the warning.

THE SYNAXARION
The Lives of the Saints of the Orthodox Church
By HIEROMONK MAKARIOS OF SIMONOS PETRA
Translated from the French by Christopher Hookway
VOLUME Two

Holy Convent of The Annunciation of Our Lady
Ormylia (Chalkidike) 1999

Editor:

In Medieval Europe, some writers portrayed Claudia (Procla) — and her dream — in a more sinister light. They described her as one tempted by the Evil one. They muse, just as the devil tempted Eve to eat the apple and thus bring death into the world, the devil also sought use Claudia to forestall man’s salvation. If she had succeeded in convincing Pilate to pardon Jesus, humanity would remain unredeemed, the thinking went. Source
As Orthodox Christians we can easily see through this as nonsense. Our Lord’s plan for the salvation of man would not be so easily undone. This plan was initiated with Adam and Eve, after they sinned.

 

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