July 17 Greatmartyr Marina of Antioch in Pisidia

Read the Life of St. Marina here

The Holy Great Martyr Marina was born in Asia Minor, in the city of Antioch of Pisidia (southern Asia Minor), into the family of a pagan priest.

Up until the taking of Constantinople by Western crusaders in the year 1204, the relics of the Great Martyr Marina were in the Panteponteia monastery.

According to other sources, they were located in Antioch until the year 908 and from there transferred to Italy.

Now the relics of St. Marina are in Athens, in a church dedicated to the holy Virgin Martyr. Her venerable hand was transferred to Mount Athos, to the Vatopedi monastery.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Marina from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

O most glorious martyr Marina, who hast rightly made thine abode in the mansions of heaven with the ranks of virgins and the armies of the martyrs: by thy prayers save those who with faith keep thy memory and faithfully have recourse to thy protection; and ask of God remission of sins, deliverance and great mercy.

Dancing for God and filled with rays of light by Him, O good virgin martyr, by thy supplications grant me a brilliant beam.

Provided with a wise mind, O martyr of Christ, thou didst wisely disdain the fleeting and corrupt nature of transitory things; and thou hast been vouchsafed the heavenly radiance of the righteous.

As a servant do I come before thee, O honored martyr and passion-bearer. Save me from the tribulations of life by thine entreaties, and still the turmoil of my passions.

Thy mind, illumined with wisdom and grace, O Marina, martyr of the Savior, was not afraid of the tyrant's threatening, being strengthened by divine power.

Neither fire, nor wounds, nor beheading by the sword, neither the cruelty of the torturers, nor death, nor the savagery of wild beasts, was able to separate thee from the love of God, O all-praised one.

Thou wast an unshaken and unshakable pillar during thy trials, O most glorious one, and wast a foundation of piety established firmly upon the rock of faith, O all-blessed one.

Thou wast a virgin among the martyrs and an invincible martyr among virgins, O most immaculate one, who betrothed thyself to Christ Who giveth thee a twofold crown.

The streams of thy holy blood, poured forth, have quenched all the falsehood of idolatry; and thou hast led a company of martyrs to thy Bridegroom.

Thy life was truly godly, and thou wast shown to be beloved of the angels and untouched by the cruelty of their servants; for thou didst cry out to Christ: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Having struggled on the earth and endured transitory pain, O invincible martyr who art most rich, and having now received rewards in the heavens from thy Master, thou criest out with the angels: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

The choir of virgins now rejoiceth in thee, the assembly of martyrs is now filled with gladness, and the multitude of the pious, gathering together, now joineth chorus, rejoicing and crying out to the Master with unceasing voices: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Thou wast all comely, O undefiled virgin, and wast shown to be a most immaculate bride, beloved of men's soul for thy beauties, O most blessed one, and through the tyrants' burnings thou wast shown to be most splendid, chanting unto Christ: Glory to Thy power, O Thou Who lovest mankind!

Mightily thou didst pass through the course of athletes at the tribunal, O maiden; for divine desire strengthened thy womanly weakness, manifestly revealing thee to be an independent martyr through the sufferings thou didst resolve to undertake.

Shedding drops of thy blood, O martyr, thou didst weave for thyself a purple robe of great price and a garment of gladness untouched by corruption; and clad therewith now in the heavens, O divinely wise one, thou standest noetically before thy Bridegroom.

Having bound the over-weaning serpent with the bonds of thy prayers, O maiden, thou didst humble to the ground his pride which of old was exalted; for the Omniscient One, in that He is good, hath known how to fill those who fear His will.

Truly the Word, thy Bridegroom, hath adorned thee with divine crowns of supremely exalted glory, deifying thee who suffered for His sake and patiently endured the stripes of beating, O glorious one.

Thou wast shown to be committed to Christ, beautiful and undefiled, and like unto a pure well-spring and a greatly fertile orchard, O most glorious Marina, thou beloved bride and garden of paradise which cannot be stolen.

A most magnificent maiden followed after Thee, hastening to the sweet fragrance of Thy myrrh, O Master, and emulating with her patience Thine all pure and most honored sufferings.

Manfully thou didst endure struggles, O much-suffering martyr Marina of lordly name, and with the power of the Cross thou didst destroy him who of old greatly boasted aloud to bring harm to men's souls.

The unapproachable Light enlightened thy soul as is meet, O Marina, and hath illumined with radiant lights those who chant: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Thou wast truly taken up to the divine heights, for thou didst acquire an elevated understanding and hast made thine abode in a splendid mansion, crying out: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

A bride beloved of the Master wast thou shown to be, O God-bearing Marina, and as an invincible martyr thou criest out to Him: Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, forever!

Having acquired steadfast integrity and steadfastly endured sufferings, thou wast crowned with crowns of victory, chanting: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

God the Word, thy Bridegroom, prepared for thee a mystic bridal chamber in the heavens, and, beholding it, thou criest out: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

Adorned with divers virtues, thou hast been vouchsafed many more gifts, beholding thine uttermost desire and crying out: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

O passion-bearer, thou wast shown to be the cause of salvation for man, and thou didst lead crowds of martyrs to Christ, crying out with them: Hymn the Lord and exalt Him supremely forever!

O Marina, martyr of Christ, truly thou hast earnestly embraced everlasting and imperishable life in the comfort of paradise; for, shining from afar in the blood of thy martyrdom, O goodly virgin, thou didst pass unharmed by the whirling sword.

Divine desire consumed thine every material and worldly thought, O virgin, and showed thee to be a most steadfast martyr who had shone forth first with the splendors of virginity, O most wise Marina. Wherefore, all of us, the faithful, call thee blessed.

By thy supplications, O chosen bride, loose thou the bonds of mine offenses and rend asunder the record of my sins, O martyr, standing in splendor before Christ, thy most compassionate Bridegroom; and dispel the gloom of my passions.

The cruel arrogance of the false one hath been brought to an end; for, lo! A maiden suffered, unmindful of her womanly nature, and, splendidly winning the victory over him, she hath now manifestly set aright the fall of our first mother.