Anania is the name of several Christian saints:
(1) of Damascus (Ac 9:10), commemorated in the old Roman martyrology on Jan. 25; in the Byzantine calendar on Oct. 1; in the Armenian on Oct. 15;
(2) a martyr in Persia, commemorated in the old Roman martyrology on April 21;
(3) a martyr commemorated with Azarias and Misare in the old Roman martyrology on Dec. 16; in Bede's on April 23; in the Byzantine calendar on Dec. 17.
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(ananisapta) are the initial letters of the following words: Antidoton Nazareni Auferat Necen Intoxationes, Sanctificet Alimenta Pocula Trinitas Alma. This acrostic word is an amulet, which, according to the superstitions of former times, was said to do good service, especially against toothache. It had to be carried around the neck. Even to speak the word Ananisapta three times was often quite sufficient.