Feast Day: July 17th
The Life of Saint Marina: “Have no vain hope for me, o govenor, that I might cower before any number of torments. Nothing will separate me from Christ.”…
Apolytikion: O Glorious Marina, once betrothed to the Logos, you relinquished all worldly concerns and brilliantly gave struggle as a virginal beauty. You soundly trounced the invisible enemy who appeared to you, O Champion, and you are now the world’s wellspring of healing grace.
Kontakion: Adorned with the beauty of Purity, O Virgin; Crowned with the stigmata of Martyrdom; stained with the blood of your struggles; and brilliantly radiant with Healing Wonders, piously, O Marina, you received the trophy of Victory for your struggles.
Hymn: You the noetic swallow, and uncorrupted lamb, and golden shining dove, were winged through your Martyrdom, and flew to God to ever rest with Him, Whom we praise.
Apolytikion: O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
The Prayer of Saint Marina before her Martyrdom: O Beginningless, Immortal, Timeless, Incomprehensible and Unimaginable Lord, the God of all and Creator of all creation, the Foreseer and Saviour of all, as I have hoped in You, I thank You, that You have brought me to this hour, as I approach the Crown of Your righteousness. I hymn and bless Your uncountable compassion and philanthropy, as You desired to number me with Your chosen servants. Look down, now, upon me the lowly one, O God and Master, Lord of Mercy, Ruler of All and All-Powerful One, hearken to my Prayer, and fulfill my entreaties in praise. To the Honour and Glory of Your All-Holy and Worshipped Name, grant remission of sins for all those who desire to build a Church in the name of Your servant, or who serve in them with Prayer, or who write of the struggle of my Martyrdom, and to those who read it with faith, remembering the name of Your servant, and make them to bear fruit through Your power. I ask that for those who embrace this dwelling-place of my body, where I suffered Martyrdom for Your love, grant forgiveness of sins according to the measure of their faith, and do not let any hand of damnation approach them, nor hunger, nor plague, nor any other danger of Soul or body. And all those who desire to celebrate, glorifying with faith and seeking Your Salvation and mercy through me, grant to them Your good things in this world, and to go forth pleasing You, and make them worthy of Your Heavenly Kingdom, for You are the only Good One and Lover-of-man, and the Giver of Good things, unto the ages. Amen.