Oil Dedicated to St Albina (virgin)
The name St Albina comes from Albina, “the White Goddess,” the Etruscan goddess of the dawn and protector of ill-fated lovers.
According to the Roman Martyrology. Saint Albina was a young woman from Caesarea, Palestine. Who died a martyr in the third century. During the reign of the emperor Decius, ca. 250. There are two conflicting traditions. One, the Greek tradition. Is that she died in Caesarea. Another, cited in the Martyrology. States that she brought to Italy. And killed in the town of Formia. Her remains kept in the cathedral. Of the Italian city of Gaeta. According to the Greek tradition. They miraculously transported there. This the Saint Albina depicted in the picture. Venerated as a saint in Italy. Her feast day. Is 16 December.
St Albina comes from Albina. The White Goddess. The Etruscan goddess of the dawn. And protector of ill-fated lovers. It was a common name in ancient Rome. According to Nennius. Britain gains its earliest name. Albion from Albina. The White Goddess. The eldest of the fifty Danaïdes. There appear to be several different women. Named Albina remembered as saints. In the Roman Catholic Church.
Martyr at a tender age. A young witness for Christ. Albina was born in Caesarea. And was martyred there. Or perhaps in Formiae. She was caught up in the persecutions. Conducted under Emperor Trajanus. The Decius of Rome. Albina is listed in the Roman Martyrology. Little known of her before her martyrdom.
Her remains are kept in the cathedral. The Italian city of Gaeta. Her feast day is 16 December. Another Albina who died on 4 March 387. The mother of Saint Marcella.