Saint of the Day – 13 February – Saint Martinian the Hermit

The Memorial of Saint Martinian the Hermit

Saint Martinian the Hermit is the Patron Saint of

Saint Martinian the Hermit Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

Saint Martinian the Hermit brief life History

Date of Birth 350 AD
Country of Birth Palestinian Territories in Asia
Matrimony/Holy Orders Not Married who became Saints
Profession Hermit
Place of Work Caesarea, Palestine and Athens, Greece
Date of Death 398 AD
Place of Death Athens, Greece
Feast Day 13 February
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of

Saint Martinian the Hermit Short life History

Saint Martinian was a Hermit from age 18 and a Miracle worker. There are a couple of stories attached to Martinian; in them the line between fact and a good story probably blurs a little.

Legend says that one day a miserable, bedraggled woman named Zoe showed at his door requesting a traveller's hospitality. He took her in, but her true colors soon showed as she cleaned up and showed herself to be a beautiful woman who tried to seduce Martinian. When he realized how tempted he was, he built a fire and put his feet in it; the pain, as you might imagine, was excruciating. Martinian said, "If I cannot stand this fire, how will I tolerate the fires of Hell?" He counseled her while she treated his wounds, converted her, and she became a nun in Bethlehem.

To save himself from his own weakness, the saint moved to a large rock surrounded on all sides by the sea. There he lived on bread and water brought to him by a Christian sailor who visited three times a year. After six years living exposed on the rock, he had a visitor – a young woman who washed up on the rock after her ship had gone down at sea. Before she could speak, he gave her all his provisions, promised to send his friend the sailor to rescue her when he returned, then threw himself into the sea. He washed up on shore, and two months later had the girl rescued. He then spent the rest of his days in Athens.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

Saint Martinian's Representation is a dolphin and a man standing on a rock in the sea