Book of Saints – Martina

detail from 'Virgin and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes' by El Greco, 1597-1599, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, District of Columbia, USAArticle

(Saint) Virgin Martyr (January 1) (3rd century) A Roman maiden arrested as a Christian while at prayer, some time, it would appear, dining the reign of Alexander Severus, put to the torture and beheaded. Ostia, at the mouth of the Tiber, was the scene of her martyrdom; but her body was translated to Rome, where a noble church is dedicated in her honour. There she is an object of great popular veneration, and she is commemorated annually in the Liturgy of the Universal Church.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martina”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2014. Web. 9 July 2020. <>