The name comes from the Greek word (φωτεινός) [fotenos] - "illuminated, bright". Russian analogue - Svetlana.
February 26 - Reverend Photina
April 2 - martyr Photina Samaritan Woman.
November 16 - Martyr Photina.
St. Photina was that Samaritan woman whom our Lord met at Jacob’s Well. When He disclosed the secret of her profligate life, she believed in Him at once as that Messiah which was to come, and began spreading the Gospel among the Samaritans, converting many. Later, she and her son Josiah and her five sisters went to Carthage to preach and then to Rome. Another son, Victor, was a soldier and had already come to Emperor Nero’s attention as being a Christian. The Emperor summoned the whole family and with threats and tortures tried to force them to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.