St. Martina, the orphaned daughter of ex consul of Rome, professed her faith publicly under the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus. She was arrested and commanded to return to idolatry. She, of course, refused, and heroically withstood the tortures that followed, maintaining her faith to the end. She was beheaded about the year 228. Her relics are honored in the Church of Santi Luca e Martina, near the Mamertine Prison in Rome.
She is the patron saint of the city of Rome and the patron saint of nursing mothers.
Her feast is one of the feasts that has been suppressed by the Conciliar Church.