Saint of the day:
St. Aria the Roman martyr
In Italian this name means Melody!
In Hebrew it means Lioness of the Lord.
In Albanian it means precious treasure.
In Persian it means honorable, noble, and of good family.
Very little is known of her other than she was a Roman Christian martyr.
Origins of her name:
It could be that her name came from the same source as the Greek Aria or that it is a form of either the Greek name Ariadne or Latin Arria, a name born by a heroine of Roman legend. Ariadne, means: “the purest one” (the adjective is in the feminine gender, so “the purest / holiest woman”).
Persian Ariya is ultimately derived from the Sanskrit Arya "honorable, noble, of good family." Arya itself has longstanding used as both a male and female Sanskrit name, with Aria used as a spelling variant.
Aria is also thought to have come from a Hebrew word which means ‘a lioness’. In the Albanian language, Aria also translates to ‘precious’, ‘treasure’, ‘high value’. In Greek mythology, Aria was a mortal woman who lived on the island of Crete, Greece. The God of music and poetry, Apollo, fell in love with her and together they had a son, Miletos. Because of this connection, Aria is also used to signify ‘music’, ‘tune’, ‘rhythm’.
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
The basilica is dedicated to the Christian martyrs, known and unknown. By a brief dated 27 July 1561, Pius IV ordered the church "built", to be dedicated to the Beatissimae Virgini et omnium Angelorum et Martyrum ("the Most Blessed Virgin of all the Angels and Martyrs").