Vierge et martyre à Sens (✝ 274)
Born in Spain; died in Meaux, France in 273. While the date and circumstances of Columba's martyrdom are undocumented except in a spurious passio, her legend says that she fled her homeland in order to avoid being denounced as a Christian. She and other Spanish believers migrated to France and all were martyred at Meaux under Aurelian. Formerly she was venerated throughout France; the historical monuments of Sens still testify to this devotion (Attwater, Benedictines, Encyclopedia). In art, Saint Columba is portrayed as a crowned maiden in chains. At times she may (1) have a dog or bear on a chain, (2) hold a book and a peacock's feather, (3) be with an angel on a funeral pyre, or (4) be beheaded (Roeder).