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Agapi meaning and name origin

Agapi is a lovely, female Greek name that means “Love”. The same word is used in the Modern Greek Language to express the feeling of “love” or “affection” among friends, family and lovers, but it’s different than the word “eros”.
Agapi, Elpida and Pisti were daughters of a woman who lived in Rome during the Era of Emperor Hadrian. Her name was Sofia. She was a very religious woman, but since Christianity was not yet an established religion, the woman and her daughters were accused due to their faith.

The daughters were brought to the Emperor who interrogated them, suggesting them to deny the new religion and save themselves. The Emperor asked Agapi, who was nine years old at the time, if she was also a Christian and she eagerly defended her beliefs.
The emperor ordered to have all three sisters capsized, and so it was done. Their mother died, according to the story, crying over their tombs just a few days later. For their faith and strong beliefs the Greek Orthodox Church declared them Saints and they all celebrate the name on the same day.

Nameday: 17th of September

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After a call from a man in Anogeia we found a small donkey tied to a tree outside the village of Tilios...without food or water.
We travelled to the village, two hours from the Sanctuary, to find the little donkey where she was tied to the tree.  We gave water and some food and noticed that her hooves were very long and causing her pain.
We made enquiries to find out who the owner was and found out it was

owned by a person who had left the village and no longer wanted the donkey...so...we brought her to our Sanctuary.  We decided to name her Agapi (Greek for love) and also the name of our very much loved first donkey who died in 2008.  She is a small donkey, dark brown in colour with a quiet, shy and very sweet nature.
The name gives certain characteristics to its bearer; women called Agapi are supposed to be smart and intelligent, with a great willingness to serve other people and offer their abilities for the common good.
The interesting fact about the word “agapi” in Greek is that it’s the only language in the world that actually uses this word as a name. The word “love” in English, or “amour” in French (and so on) are not used as names
Our donkey of the month October 1 2014
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After a call from a man in Anogeia we found a small donkey tied to a tree outside the village of Tilios...without food or water. We travelled to the village, two hours from the Sanctuary, to find the little donkey where she was tied to the tree. We gave water and some food and noticed that her hooves were very long and causing her pain. We made enquiries to find out who the owner was and found out it was owned by a person who had left the village and no longer wanted the donkey...so...we brought her to our Sanctuary. We decided to name her Agapi (Greek for love) and also the name of our very much loved first donkey who died in 2008. She is a small donkey, dark brown in colour with a quiet, shy and very sweet nature.