Oil dedicated to Martyr St Crispina on prayer cloth
Martyr St Crispina was born on the 3rd century at Thagara, North Africa.
Crispina was a wife and mother of several children who lived in North Africa, around the year 300. As Northern Africa was part of the Roman Empire, when Diocletian declared a persecution of Christians, Crispina arrested. Tried in court and ordered to deny Christ. She refuse to worship Roman gods.
Anulinus ordered for Crispina’s hair to chopped off her head and subjected her to public humiliation. Still, Crispina refused to worship the false gods and she condemned to die by beheading, at which she exclaimed, “Praise to God, who has looked down and delivered me out of your hands!”. Crispina ordered to sacrifice to the gods. She refused and offered a splendid defense of her Christian Faith. Her head shaved at the command of the judge, and she exposed to public mockery. But she remained steadfast in her faith and was not moved even by the tears of her children.
Saint Augustine of Hippo routinely brought up Crispina in his homilies on martyrs. Beheaded around the year 304. St. Augustine often mentioned this holy Martyr in his preaching. Belonged to a distinguished family and was a wealthy matron with children. At the time of the persecution she was brought before the proconsul Annius Anullinus.