St. Lydia - was a woman of Thyatira in the district of Lydia, a district famed for its purple dyes. She was living as a dealer in purple goods at Philippi when St. Paul first came to the city. Under the influence of St. Paul's powerful preaching she received Chistian Baptism together with her entire household. This conversion represents the first one mentioned in Europe. Since Lydia was a wealthy woman, she insisted on providing hospitality for St. Paul and his companions Luke and Silas during their stay at Philippi. St. Luke later wrote a record of this event in his histroy of the early Church known as The Acts of the Apostles.