Saturday, 20 July 2013

Saint Margaret the Virgin

Margaret (died 304) was a native of Antioch, who was disowned by her pagan father afer adopting the Christian faith, influenced by her nurse, who then adopted her. Having refused marriage to the Roman prefect Olybrius, she was tortured, put on trial and ordered to renounce her faith on pain of death. When she refused, she was beheaded, after previous attempts to burn her or boil her in a cauldron had reportedly failed.

Legend has it that, during her torture, she was swallowed by Satan in the shape of a dragon, escaping when the cross she carried irritated the dragon's innards.

Almighty God,
by whose grace and power your holy martyr Margaret
triumphed over suffering and was faithful unto death:
strengthen us with your grace,
that we may endure reproach and persecution
and faithfully bear witness to the name
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.


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