Feast day: July 20
Patronage: childbirth, pregnancy, backache, kidney disease, sterility, dying people, against the devil, exiles, falsely accused martyrs, nurses,
Saint Margaret of Antioch’s life is shrouded in legend. When her father, a pagan priest, found out that Margaret converted to Christianity, he cast her out of the home. She became a shepherdess and attracted the attention of a Roman Prefect whom she rejected. He then had her tortured and she was eventually martyred. It is said that while she was in prison the devil appeared as a serpent and swallowed her but spit her out because of the cross she held. She is one of the popular Middle Ages 14 Holy Helpers and was one of the voices St. Joan of Arc heard.