The Holy GreatMartyress Marina
Commemorated on July 17
GreatMartyress Marina was born in Asia Minor, in the city of Antioch, into
the family of a pagan priest. In infancy she lost her mother, and her father
gave her over into the care of a nursemaid, who raised Marina in the Orthodox
faith. Upon learning that his daughter had become a Christian, the father
angrily disowned her. During the time of the persecution against Christians
under the emperor Diocletian (284-305), Saint Marina at fifteen years of age
was arrested and locked up in prison. With firm trust in the will of God and
His help, the young prisoner prepared for her impending fate. The governor
Olymbrios, charmed with the beautiful girl, tried to persuade her to renounce
the Christian faith and become his wife. But the saint, unswayed, refused his
false offers. The vexed governor gave the holy martyress over to torture.
Having beaten her fiercely, they fastened the saint with nails to a board and
tore at her body with tridents. The governor himself, unable to bear the horror
of these tortures, hid his face in his hands. But the holy martyress remained
unyielding. Thrown for the night into prison, she was granted Heavenly aid and
healed of her wounds. Tied to a tree, they scorched the martyress with fire.
Barely alive, the martyress prayed: "Lord, Thou hast granted me to go
through fire for Thine Name, grant me also to go through the water of holy
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.