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{{Cleanup}}The holy and glorious Great-[[martyr]] '''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 Church remembers 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.
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.
'''Saint Marina''' is Again imprisoned, the devil tried to frighten her three times. Once as a virgin-martyr saint dragon he attempted to devour her, holding half of her body in his mouth. Praying, she made the sign of the cross and the Churchbeast was torn apart and vanished.
Again, he appeared as a man, black as night. She seized his hair and beat him with a hammer until he left her sight. Again, he grabbed her and threatened to kill her if she would not stop praying. She whipped him, and finally a light appeared from Heaven in the form of a cross. A white dove told her to rejoice for she had vanquished the enemy, and she was completely healed.
== Life ==She was eventually beheaded at the age of sixteen, around the year AD 304.
Marina lived, Until the sacking of Constantinople by Western crusaders in what is now modern-day Pisidia, Turkeythe year 1204, the relics of the Great Martyr Marina were in the early fourth centuryPanteponteia monastery. Her father was a pagan priestAccording to other sources, and her mother died in childbirth. The unwanted Marina was then left they were located in Antioch until the care of a nursemaid, who was then discharged of her duties year 908 and sent from there transferred to work as a shepherdessItaly. In her teen yearsNow they are in Athens, Marina made in a vow of perpetual chastity church dedicated to Godthe holy Virgin Martyr.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. When she refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods, she Her venerable hand was subjected transferred to various tortures, including being beaten with clubs and her skin raked with iron combs. One rather interesting torment included being plunged into a cauldron of boiling water, out of which she came unharmedMount Athos, singing God's praises. Popular legend also states that in her prison cell, Satan tried to tempt, and even physically assault, her several times. She was eventually beheaded at the age of sixteen, around the year AD 304. Her feast is celebrated in the Church on 17 JulyVatopedi Monastery.
== References 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 Great Martyr of Antioch] ([[GOARCH]])*[http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=July&day=17 The 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.htmSt. Marina] ([[Coptic]] )A Coptic Orthodox biography of *[[w:Margaret the Virgin|''Margaret the Virgin-Martyr'' at Wikipedia]]*[http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/21sr.htm Margaret of Antioch]
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