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|Virgin Mary with Saint Agnes and Saint Martina, El Greco.|
|Virgin and Martyr|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Major shrine||Santi Luca e Martina|
|Attributes||palm of martyrdom|
|Patronage||Rome; nursing mothers|
She was martyred in 226, according to some authorities, more probably in 228, under the pontificate of Pope Urban I, according to others. The daughter of an ex-consul and left an orphan at an early age, she so openly testified to her Christian faith that she could not escape the persecutions under Alexander Severus. Arrested and commanded to return to idolatry, she refused, whereupon she was subjected to various tortures and was finally beheaded.
The relics of St. Martina were discovered on October 25, 1634, in a crypt of an ancient church situated near the Mamertine Prison and dedicated to the saint. Pope Urban VIII, who occupied the Holy See at that time, had the church repaired and, it would seem, composed the hymns which are sung at the office of the noble martyr.
Her feast day is January 30.
- Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Martina
- Catholic Forum: St. Martina
- Martina at Lives of the Saints
- Saint Patrick's Church: 30 January Saints