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St. Catherine of Alexandria Ceramic Plaque

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Catherine of Alexandria  Ceramic Plaque

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Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin martyr. Not much is known of her life, but, according to legend, she was a rich and learned Christian woman who was carried off with many other women of Alexandria by the Emperor Maxentius in 305. The Emperor sent fifty philosophers to her to convince her to repudiate her faith. Instead, she converted them. He imprisoned her for refusing to marry him. She is shown with the instruments of her martyrdom, the wheel and the sword. She is the patron of apologists, attorneys, learning, students, librarians, philosophers, preachers, wheelwrights and young women. Her feast was November 25.



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St. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Catherine of Alexandria Feast Day:
Tridentine Calendar - 11/25


Patron Of: Potters, Students, Theologians, Scholars, Philosophers, Teachers, Lawyers, Tanners, Dying, Apologists, Girls, Libraries, Mechanics, Millers, Preachers, Schoolchildren, Spinners, Turners, Wheelwrigths

Also known as
    Katherine of Alexandria

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    Apocryphal. Nobility. Learned in science and oratory. Converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. When she was 18 years old, during the persecution of Maximus, she offered to debate the pagan philosophers. Many were converted by her arguments, and immediately martyred. Maximus had her scourged and imprisoned. The empress and the leader of Maximus' army were amazed by the stories, went to see Catherine in prison. They converted and were martyred. Maximus ordered her broken on the wheel, but she touched it and the wheel was destroyed. She was beheaded, and her body whisked away by angels.

    Immensely popular during the Middle Ages, there were many chapels and churches devoted to her throughout western Europe, and she was reported as one of the divine advisors to Saint Joan of Arc. Her reputation for learning and wisdom led to her patronage of libraries, librarians, teachers, archivists, and anyone associated with wisdom or teaching. Her debating skill and persuasive language has led to her patronage of lawyers. And her torture on the wheel led to those who work with them asking for her intercession. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

    While there may well have been a noble, educated, virginal lady who swayed pagans with her rhetoric during the persecutions, the accretion of legend, romance and poetry has long since buried the real Catherine.

Died
    beheaded c.305 in Alexandria, Egypt

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Representation
    spiked wheel; woman strapped to the spiked wheel on which she was martyred; woman arguing with pagan philosophers



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