Commemorated on February 13
Saint Martinian went to live in the wilderness at the age of
eighteen, not far from the city of Caesarea in Palestine. For
twenty-five years, he devoted himself to ascetic deeds and silence, and
he was granted the gift of healing illnesses and casting out demons.
However, the Enemy of the race of man would not stop bothering the
hermit with various temptations.
Once a profligate woman made a
wager with some dissolute people that she could seduce Saint Martinian,
the fame of whose virtuous life had spread throughout all the city. She
came to him one night pretending that she had lost her way in the storm,
and asking for shelter. The saint let her enter, unable to turn her
away in such a storm. He went into his room and locked the door. The
wicked guest changed into beautiful clothes and began to tempt the
When morning came, Saint Martinian came out to send the
woman away. Though he was tempted by the woman’s beauty, he was
determined not to fall into sin. Lighting a fire, he stepped into it,
saying, “You want me to burn with temptation, and want to lead me into
the fires of Hell. I will not let you. Instead, I will burn for my
virginity and save my soul.”
The woman came to see how evil she
was. She repented and asked the saint to guide her onto the way of
salvation. He told her to go to Bethlehem, to Saint Paula (January 26).
There she lived as a nun for twelve years in strict asceticism until her
blessed end. The woman’s name was Zoe.
Saint Martinian went to
an uninhabited rocky island, and lived on it under the open sky for
several years, nourished by the provisions brought by a certain sailor
from time to time. In return the monk wove baskets for him.
powerful storm wrecked a ship, and a woman named Photina floated on
pieces of the wreckage to the island of Saint Martinian. Saint Martinian
helped her to survive the island. “Remain here,” he told her, “for here
is bread and water, and in two months a boat will come.”
jumped into the sea and swam off. Two dolphins carried him to dry land.
Thereafter, Saint Martinian led the life of a wanderer. Later, he came
to Athens and fell ill. Sensing the approach of death, he went into
church and lay upon the floor. God revealed to the Bishop of Athens who
Saint Martinian was, and the bishop buried his body with honor. This
occurred around the year 422.
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