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St. Marciana of Spain

Commemorated on July 12

St. Marciana was born in Toledo, Spain to a noble family. Despising the advantages of rank and fortune, she traveled to Caesarea, forty miles west of Algiers, and served an apprenticeship to martyrdom in fasts and austerities of all kinds.

Such was her desire to encounter the enemies of the faith that during the reign of Emperor Diocletian, she went into the forum and struck off the head of a statute of Diana. She was immediately seized and met the fate she courted, being insulted, beaten with clubs, and then killed by a wild bull and a leopard in the amphitheatre.

St. Marciana received a martyr’s crown in 303.

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