Margaret of Antioch

Day of Remembrance orthodox July 17 

Catholic Remembrance Day: July 20

Name means: the pearl (Greek)

Virgin, Martyr, Emergency Helper

Patroness: of farmers, shepherds, virgins, nurses, girls, childbearers, infertile wives; fertility; fertility; during difficult births (since, according to legend, she was freed unharmed from the body of the dragon), facial diseases and wounds; against infertility

Attributes: small cross, dragon (on the chain), torch, comb


* in Antioch in Pisidia, today ruins near Yalvaç in Turkey
around 305

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Margaret – in the Eastern Church “Marina” – is a legendary martyr. She is said to have been the daughter of a pagan priest; her Christian nurse therefore raised her to the faith; the father rejected his daughter when he noticed this and denounced her to the city prefect. She fled, but was found and put on trial; the judges coveted the pretty defendant, but were rejected by her and retaliated all the more cruelly. Margaret was scorched with torches and boiled in boiling oil, but she was unharmed. The people were so impressed by these miracles that the people openly professed to be the Christian God – but were beheaded immediately as finally Margareta.  She is one of the emergency helpers; with Barbara and Catherine of Alexandria, Margareta is one of the popular three holy Madln; together with Dorothea they are the four Virgines capitales, the most important virgins. For farmers, the harvest began earlier on Margaret Day.


Joachim Schäfer: Margareta von Antiochien, Ökumenischen Heiligenlexikon -

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