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Saint Elizabeth's Three Crowns - A Vision Book - by Blanche Jennings Thompson

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St. Elizabeth's Three Crowns

 

Blanche Jennings Thompson

Vision Books

This new story in the Vision Books series of saints for 9 - 15 year olds is aobut Saint Elizabeth of Hungary who spent her life differently than most saints. Instead of living in poverty like St. Francis of Assisi, she lived most of her life in a castle surrounded by incredible wealth. She was born Princess Elizabeth of Hungary, the daughter of King Andrew. By the age of four she was already engaged to be married and was sent far away from her home to live with Louis, her husband-to-be, who was only 10 years old. From the beginning of her life in her new castle, Elizabeth was ridiculed by all of those people who were jealous of her. They noticed that she was always trying to be holy. As she would play games with other children, she would contrive little ways to sneak into the chapel and have a visit with Jesus.

Although Elizabeth was a princess, she longed to live the kind of poverty she heard about through the Franciscans. She became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and she constantly gave her jewels and best clothes to the poor. Sometimes she gave everything away and had nothing nice to wear, but Jesus always provided for her at the last minute. When she emptied the castle store-houses of grain for the poor, Jesus would miraculously fill them up again. Her subjects were never able to grow accustomed to the queen who lived the life of a saint, but they always appreciated her generosity and saw in her such simplicity and holiness. Only four years after her death she was canonized a saint.

 


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0-89870-596-7
9780898705966
168
8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm)
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St. Elizabeth Of Hungary

St. Elizabeth Of Hungary Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/17


Patron Of: Bakers, Countesses, Falsely Accused, Nursing Services, Tertiaries

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    Princess, the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary. Great-aunt of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal. She married Prince Louis of Thuringa at age 13. Built a hospital at the foot of the mountain on which her castle stood; tended to the sick herself. Her family and courtiers opposed this, but she insisted she could only follow Christ's teachings, not theirs. Once when she was taking food to the poor and sick, Prince Louis stopped her and looked under her mantle to see what she was carrying; the food had been miraculously changed to roses. Upon Louis' death, Elizabeth sold all that she had, and worked to support her three children. Her gifts of bread to the poor, and of a large gift of grain to a famine stricken Germany, led to her patronage of bakers and related fields.

Born
    1207 at Presburg, Hungary

Died
    1231 at Marburg of natural causes; her relics, including her skull wearing a gold crown she had worn in life, are preserved at the convent of Saint Elizabeth in Vienna, Austria

Canonized
    27 May 1235 by Pope Gregory IX at Perugia, Italy

Patronage

    * against in-law problems
    * against the death of children
    * against toothache
    * bakers
    * beggars
    * brides
    * charitable societies
    * charitable workers
    * charities
    * countesses
    * exiles
    * falsely accused people
    * hoboes
    * homeless people
    * hospitals
    * lacemakers
    * lace workers
    * nursing homes
    * nursing services
    * people in exile
    * people ridiculed for their piety
    * tertiaries
    * tramps
    * widows
    * Sisters of Mercy
    * Teutonic Knights
    * Erfurt, Germany, diocese of
    * Jaro, Philippines, archdiocese of

Representation

    * woman wearing a crown and tending to beggars
    * woman wearing a crown, carrying a load of roses in her apron or mantle
 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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