St. Marciana, Virgin and Martyr

img-saint-marciana-of-caesareaShe was a native of Rusuccur in Mauritania and, courageously despising all worldly advantages to secure to herself the possession of the precious jewel of heavenly grace, she was called to the trial in the persecution of Dioclesian, which was continued in Africa under his successors till the death of Severus, who was declared Caesar in 305 and slain in 309. St. Marciana was beaten with clubs, and her chastity was exposed to the rude attempts of pagan gladiators, in which danger God miraculously preserved her, and she became the happy instrument of the conversion of one of them to the faith; at length she was torn to pieces by a wild bull and a leopard in the amphitheater at Caesarea in Mauritania. She is the same who is commemorated on the 12th of July in the ancient breviary of Toledo and in the Roman and some other Martyrologies, both on the 9th of July and on the 9th of January. See a beautiful ancient hymn in her praise in the Mozarabic breviary, and her acts in the writings of Bollandus, though their authority is not altogether certain.
(Adapted from Butler’s Lives of the Saints)

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