Marinus of Caesarea

(d. c. 260)

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(d. c.260),

martyr. Eusebius recorded his death and other details. Marinus, both noble and wealthy, had made a fine career in the Roman army. An important post fell vacant and by seniority Marinus should have filled it. But a disappointed candidate denounced him as a Christian, saying that Marinus would not sacrifice to the emperors and therefore he himself should receive the appointment.

The magistrate interrogated Marinus, who persistently confessed he was a Christian, so he was given three hours to reconsider his position. Theoctenus, bishop of Caesarea, led Marinus to the church and then to the altar. He pointed to Marinus' sword and had a Gospel book brought to the altar; he then asked him which he preferred. Without hesitation Marinus chose the Gospel book with his right hand. ‘Hold fast,’ said the bishop, ‘hold fast to God: with the strength he has given you, may you obtain what you have chosen. Now go in peace.’

When the allotted time was over, Marinus was summoned before the tribunal. Here he showed even greater loyalty to the faith and was led off to execution. Feast: 3 March.

A.C.M., xxxvi, 240–3;Eusebius, H.E., vii. 15–16;B.L.S., iii. 22; Propylaeum, p. 83.

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