Book of Saints – Marinus and Asterius


(Saints) Martyrs (March 3) (3rd century) Eusebius relates that Marinus, a soldier who was secretly a Christian, on being about to be promoted to the rank of centurion, was denounced by a rival candidate who had come to know of his comrade’s conversion. The governor of Palestine, after, as usual in such cases, tempting the poor soldier by offers of favour and advancement to deny Christ, had him beheaded at Caesarea, A.D. 262. Asterius, a Roman Senator who was witness of the martyrdom, took away the body of Saint Marinus and gave it decent burial. His own martyrdom quickly followed upon this act of Christian charity.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Marinus and Asterius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2014. Web. 21 April 2019. <>