St. Karina with her husband and son


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Commemorated on November 7

Karina, with her husband, Melasippus, and their son, Antoninus, and forty children converted by their martyrdom, suffered during the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate in the city of Ancyra in Phrygia in 363. Melasippus and Karina, lacerated by iron hooks and exhausted, died under torture.

Their son, Antoninus, whom the persecutor forced to watch the torture of his parents, spat in the face of the emperor. For this, he was tortured, but remained unharmed. He was then beheaded.

Forty other youths, seeing that the Lord had preserved Antoninus unharmed, came to believe in Christ. They openly confessed their faith and endured martyrdom.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)