The holy and glorious [[Virgin-martyr]] '''Markella of Chios''' (also ''Marcella'') is the patron saint of Chios and was born and lived in the village of Volissos of Chios. Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[July 22]].
== History ==
Markella was born and lived in the village of Volissos of Chios and lived during the fourteenth century. Her mother was a devout christian but her father was an idolater. At a young age, her mother passed away
and Markella continued to study her bible, pray to God and live a life according to what she was taught.
Her father began to have sinful desires for Markella . By the time she had reached her eighteenth birthday, her father's desires had begun to show and his behaviour resulted in Markella leaving home. She went to a nearby mountain and hid in a bush. Her father found her, with the help of a local herdsmen and they set fire to the bush to force her to show.
ran to the sea to escape but her father aimed an arrow at her and wounded her . The blood of the saint dyed the rocks and local legend shows an area that is still marked by her blood.
Her final moments were spent in prayer to Christ with a request that the rocks would open for her to hide from her father and this happened. Everything but her head was covered so when her father found her, he cut of her head and threw it into the sea. Her head floated to the nearby beach of Komi.
Holy water is said to spring from the rocks that mark
Markella's martyrdom and this place is visited by pilgrims. On the 22nd of July, when her memory is honoured, the water of the sea near this area boils during the prayers of the Paraklisis honouring the saint.
== Hymns ==
Rose of piety and sprout of Chios, we honour with canticles Saint Markella who was beheaded by her father's hand, as she guarded the commands of Christ, give strength and save from danger, us who cry unto you. Glory to Him who gave you strength, glory to Him who crowned you. Glory to Him who works through you, healings for all the faithful.
*[http://www.chiosonline.gr/aghiamarcella.asp The Holy Shrine of St. Marcella]
*[http://www.chioshistory.gr/en/mxx/volissosam.html Volissos - Saint Markella]