Commemoration of Saint Martina, Virgin and Martyr


   Saint Martina, a Roman virgin, was the child of a noble Christian consul, of whom it was said that he was extremely merciful towards the poor, and very zealous for faith in the Most Holy Trinity. His daughter lost both her parents while she was still very young, and for love of Christ she distributed all she inherited to the poor, that she might be more free to hasten towards martyrdom, during the persecution which had recently begun.

   Under the emperor Alexander Severus she was discovered in a church one day by three officers of a search party, and commanded to follow them to a temple of Apollo. She cheerfully agreed, saying she would do so after praying for a short time and taking leave of her bishop. The officers reported their important capture to the emperor, believing she would readily renounce her faith. But when he ordered her to speak, she replied that she would sacrifice to none other than the true God, and never to idols, the handiwork of men. She was tortured by iron hooks, but her executioners were thrown to the ground amid a great light as she prayed, and arose converted, like Saint Paul, to the Christian faith.

   She was tormented again the following day before the emperor, cruelly scourged while attached by her hands and feet to posts. When, one day later, she was taken to a temple of Diana, the demon left amid horrible screams. Fire from heaven fell and burnt the idol, which in tumbling crushed many of its priests and pagan worshipers. Saint Martina, after suffering other tortures and being spared by an enraged lion and a fiery furnace, was finally beheaded. Her death occurred on January 1st during the fourth year of Alexander Severus.

   Her relics were found in 1634, during the papacy of Urban VIII, near the Mamertine Prison, with those of several other martyrs. All were placed in a beautiful church dedicated to Saint Martina in the Roman Forum. Urban VIII spared no efforts in promoting her veneration; and through his solicitude the Office was enhanced with hymns for Matins and Lauds. In these we read that her soul rose to heaven, where she was seen afterwards upon a royal throne, while the Blessed sang praises to God.

    Resources: We are grateful to Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for providing the Propers for the faithful. Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945


When the Mass of Missa "Loquebar de testimonies" is not celebrated, it is commemorated

COLLECT
Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus. Deus, Qui inter cetera potentiae tuae miracula, etiam in sexu fragili victoriam martyrii contulisti : concede propitious: ut qui beatae Martinae Virginis et Martyris tuae natalitia colimus per ejus ad te exempla grandamur. Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.

The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. O God, Who among the wonders of Thy power has granted even to the weaker sex the triumph of martyrdom,: mercifully grant that we who celebrate the heavenly birthday of blessed Martina Thy virgin and martyr may, through her example, advance nearer to Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.



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Suscipe Domine, Munera quae in beatae Martinae Virginis et Martyris tuae solemnitate deferimus : cujus nos confidimus patrocinio liberari. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
Receive, O Lord, the gifts which we bring on the solemnity of blessed Martina Thy virgin and martyr, through whose intercession we hope for deliverance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
Forever and ever.
R.Amen.


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POSTCOMMUNION
Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Oremus.
Auxilientur nobis, Domine, sumpta mysteria : et, intercendente beatae Martinae Virgine et Martyre Tua, sempiterna taciant protectione gaudere. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
R. Amen.
May the mysteries which we have received be a help unto us, O Lord, and through the intercession of blessed Martina Thy virgin and martyr, may they cause us to rejoice in Thine everlasting protection. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
For ever and ever.
R. Amen.
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Commemoration of St. Martina