Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Martina, Virgin and Martyr

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

She was a noble Roman virgin, who glorified God, suffering many torments and a cruel death for his faith in the capital city of the world, in the third century. There stood a chapel consecrated to her memory in Rome, which was frequented with great devotion in the time of Saint Gregory the Great. Her relics were discovered in a vault, in the ruins of her old church, and translated with great pomp in the year 1634, under Pope Urban VIII who built a new church in her honour, and composed himself the hymns used in her office in the Roman Breviary. The city of Rome ranks her among its particular patrons. She is mentioned in the Martyrologies of Ado, Usuard, etc. The history of the discovery of her relics was published by Honoratus of Viterbo, an Oratorian.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Martina, Virgin and Martyr”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 2 December 2020. <>