known as Marina, Margaritha, Marine ,Margaretha , Margarite
20 July 13 July in the Eastern Church
virgin and martyr. Her father was a pagan priest in Pisidian Antioch, Asia Minor
(modern Turkey). Her mother died when Margaret was an infant, and the child was
raised by a Christian woman. Her father disowned her, her nurse adopted her, and
Margaret converted, consecrated herself and her virginity to God. A Roman prefect
saw the beautiful young woman tending sheep, and tried to get her into his bed.
When she refused, he denounced her as a Christian, and she was brought to trial.
When she refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods, the authorities tried to burn
her, then boil her in a large cauldron; each time her prayers kept her unharmed.
She was finally martyred by beheading. Part of her story involves her meeting
the devil in the form of a dragon, being swallowed by the dragon, and then escaping
safely when the cross she carried irritated the dragon's innards; this accounts
for this virgin's association with pregnancy, labour, and childbirth. She was
one of the saints who appeared to Saint Joan of Arc.
of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
beheaded relics claimed by several locations
against sterility, childbirth ,dying people, escape from devils, exiles, expectant
mothers, falsely accused people, kidney disease, loss of milk by nursing mothers,
Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, martyrs, nurses, peasants, people in exile ,pregnant
women ,Queens College Cambridge Rixtel, Nederlands ,safe childbirth, Sannat, Gozo,
Malta ,women ,women in labour
,shepherdess ,woman carrying a small cross in her hand ,woman carrying a small
girdle in her hand, woman leading a chained dragon ,woman standing next to a cauldron
or large vessel ,woman standing with, on, or beside a dead dragon
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