ST. MARCIANA, V. M.
SHE was a native of Rusuccur in Mauritania, and
courageously despising all worldly advantages, to secure to herself
the possession of the precious jewel of heavenly grace, she was
called to the trial in the persecution of Dioclesian, which was
continued in Africa under his successors, till the death of Severus,
who was declared Cæsar in 305, and slain in 309. St. Marciana
was beaten with clubs, and her chastity exposed to the rude attempts
of pagan gladiators, in which danger God miraculously preserved her,
and she became the happy instrument of the conversion of one of them
to the faith: at length she was torn in pieces by a wild bull and a
leopard, in the amphitheatre at Cæsarea in Mauritania. She is
the same who is commemorated on the 12th of July, in the ancient
breviary of Toledo; and in the Roman, and some other Martyrologies,
both on the 9th of July, and on the 9th of January. See a beautiful
ancient hymn in her praise, in the Mozarabic breviary, and her acts
in Bollandus, though their authority is not altogether certain.
Consult Tillemont, t. 5, p. 263. Chatelain, notes on the 9th of
January p. 146.