Saint Marina the Glorious Martyr

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.”…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

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.

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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.


From a young age Saint Marina loved Christ so much that she dedicated her life to Him and lived a life of virginity. She was not Baptised, and earnestly Prayed for this, which God granted to her in a Miraculous way.

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“Have no vain hope for me, O governor, that I might cower before any number of torments. Nothing will separate me from Christ – neither affliction, famine, fire, sword, nor any other harsh tribulation – not even a violent and very painful death. Think not that you will entice me with honours, gold or other wealth, because all these things are perishable and temporal. The Soul, by the Grace of God, is immortal and desires Eternity. For this reason, we, the Christians, wisely disdain these fleeting luxuries and enjoyments. We endure the sorrow and distress of the day that we might attain to Everlasting Life and eternal rest after our repose. If you think that I lie, here I am, try me, so you will know by deed the truth. Strike me, slay me, burn me, suffocate or test me with ten thousand torments. As much as you will worsen the punishment, so much more will Christ glorify me in the future life and blessedness… Readily I give my body to death, for my deathless God and Master, as the Sinless One, out of love for me, was Crucified.”

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As she was being tortured, Saint Marina, looking up to Heaven, Prayed: “To You, O Lord, I lift up my Soul. O My God, I trust in you; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on you be ashamed. Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O Lord. Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my Salvation. On You I wait all day. Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, for they have been from of old. For I withstand these pains because I confess Your Holy Name. Send Your mercy and compassion to me so my grief will become joy.”

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A demon was infuriated that his servants could not persuade a young woman to worship the idols of the demons, so he decided to go to Saint Marina himself. Appearing in the prison cell of Saint Marina to frighten her, the demon was taken aback when Saint Marina had no fear, seized the demon by the hair, and beat him to the ground with a nearby hammer. God then shone a bright light which illuminated the entire prison, and Saint Marina’s wounds from her tortures were perfectly healed.

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The governor ordered further tortures for Saint Marina, to put her in boiling water with her hands and legs tied to a pole. While she was in the water, Saint Marina looked up to Heaven and Prayed: “O God Who dwells in Heaven, I ask You to untie me, and to make this water a Baptism for me. Dress me with the robe of Salvation through it. Take away from me the old man and put on me the new man. Make me, with this Baptism, worthy to inherit the Life Eternal, and make my faith steadfast.” A great earthquake then shook the place, Marina’s ties were loosened, and she immersed herself in the water three times in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. She came out of the water praising God. A voice came from Heaven, and all the people who were gathered there heard it. The voice said: “You are blessed, Marina. You were Baptized, and became worthy of the Crown of Virginity.”

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Seeing how unshaken Saint Marina was in her faith and love for Christ, the governor gave up torturing her and beheaded her. Saint Marina was 15 years old when she received the Crown of Martyrdom and went to live with her beloved Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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