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Marina of Antioch

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Saint Marina is a virginThe holy and glorious Great-[[martyr saint in ]] '''Marina of Antioch''' (also known as '''Margaret of Antioch''') was killed for her faith under the persecutions of the Roman Emperor [[Diocletian]] (r. 284-305). The Churchremembers her on [[July 17]].
==Life==
Marina lived in what is now modern-day Pisidia, Turkey, in the early fourth century. Her father was a pagan priest, and her mother died in childbirth. The unwanted Marina was then left in the care of a nursemaid, who was later discharged of her duties and sent to work as a shepherdess. While still a teenager, Marina made a vow of perpetual chastity to God.
== Life ==One day, while Marina was tending sheep, a Roman prefect attempted to seduce her. When she refused his advances, she was denounced as a Christian. Upon refusing to sacrifice to the pagan gods, she was subjected to various tortures, including being beaten with clubs and her skin being raked with iron combs. One rather interesting torment included plunging Marina into a cauldron of boiling water, out of which she came unharmed, singing God's praises.
Marina lived in what is now modern-day Turkey in Again imprisoned, the early fourth centurydevil tried to frighten her three times. Her father was Once as a pagan priestdragon he attempted to devour her, and holding half of her mother died body in childbirthhis mouth. The unwanted Marina was then left in Praying, she made the care sign of a nursemaid, who the cross and the beast was then discharged of her duties torn apart and sent to work vanished. Again, he appeared as a shepherdess. In her teen yearsman, Marina made a vow of perpetual chastity to Godblack as night.One day, while Marina was tending sheep, She seized his hair and beat him with a Roman prefect attempted to seduce hammer until he left hersight. When she refused his advancesAgain, she was denounced as a Christian. When she refused he grabbed her and threatened to sacrifice to the pagan gods, kill her if she was subjected to various tortureswould not stop praying. Among themShe whipped him, being forced into and finally a cauldron light appeared from Heaven in the form of boiling oil, out of which she came unharmed, singing God's praisesa cross. Popular legend also states that in A white dove told her prison cell, Satan attempted to temptrejoice for she had vanquished the enemy, and even physically assault, her several timesshe was completely healed.  She was eventually beheaded at the age of sixteen, around the year AD 304.  Until the sacking of Constantinople by Western crusaders in the year 1204, the relics of the Great Martyr Marina were in the Panteponteia monastery. According to other sources, they were located in Antioch until the year 908 and from there transferred to Italy. Now they are in Athens, in a church dedicated to the holy Virgin Martyr. Her feast is celebrated venerable hand was transferred to Mount Athos, to Vatopedi Monastery. ==External links==*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=102042 Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia] ([[OCA]])*[http://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=131 Marina the Church on Great Martyr of Antioch] ([[GOARCH]])*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=July&day=17 JulyThe Holy Female Martyr Marina] (''[[Prologue of Ohrid]]'')*[http://home.it.net.au/~jgrapsas/pages/St_Marina.htm Great Martyr St Marina of Antioch] ([[GOAA]])*[http://www.stmarina.org/stmarina.htm St. Marina] ([[Coptic]])*[[w:Margaret the Virgin|''Margaret the Virgin'' at Wikipedia]]*[http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/21sr.htm Margaret of Antioch] [[Category:Martyrs]][[Category:Saints]][[Category:Byzantine Saints]][[Category:Ante-Nicene Saints]][[es:Marina de Antioquía]][[Category:4th-century saints]]
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