Charitina of Amisus (d. 302)

St. Charitina was a native of Pontus in Asia Minor, traditionally said to be from the city of Amisus. Like many other holy virgins of the early Church, she dedicated her life to good works, fasting and prayer, and by this example converted many. During the Great Persecution of Diocletian, she was apprehended by the Roman governor and put through various tortures. Finally, when nothing else would sway her faith, the governor sent some young men to rape her. However, due in part to the severity of her tortures, and in part to her will to die rather than suffer her purity to be stained, Charitina expired before the men could pollute her pure body with their wickedness. Her Feast Day is celebrated on October 5th.