Virgin, martyr, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers; died Pisidia, Asia Minor, c.275. She was the daughter of a pagan priest, but was brought up a Christian by her nurse, was disowned by her father, refused to marry a Roman prefect, Olybrius, was subjected to tortures which left her unharmed, and was decapitated. She is often represented in art as a shepherdess, or portrayed crushing a serpent. She is called Marina in the Greek Church. Patroness of pregnant women, servant maids, and against diabolical infestations. Relics at San Pietro dell a Valle, on the Lake of Bolsena. Feast, Roman Calendar, 20 July.
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