The feast day of St. Elizabeth and shrines dedicated to her
The most famous legend of the blessed St Elizabeth is
that one-day she snuck out of the castle whilst her husband was
engaged in matters of state in order to take bread to the poor
who have gathered below the walls. Her husband came upon her just
as she was leaving the castle and ordered her to show him what
was in her bag believing that the poor were taking advantage of
She replied that there were only roses in the bag and when her
husband insisted on opening the bag to see for him self that what
was there. This story is depicted all over Germany and in many
of the pictorial images of the blessed Saint.
One notable example is in Budapest's Rozsak tere (Roses’
Square) where there is a statue of Saint Elizabeth and a church
dedicated to her.
Her shrine at one point rivaled Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. The magnificent golden shrine can still be seen in the Elizabeth Church in Marburg today despite the fact that this is now a protestant church (in respect of this arrangements have been made so that Catholics may still worship there)
Some relics of Saint Elizabeth remain in Marburg but the
majority were scattered by subsequent conflicts. Her skull and
some of her bones rest at the Convent of Saint Elizabeth in Vienna
whilst the agate chalice in which her skull originally rested
resides in the Swedish National Museum.
Saint Elizabeth Feast Day Is celebrated on November 17th
2007 was marked by a celebration of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
in the town of Marburg due to it being the Centenary of her birth.
Highlights were a pilgrimage to the place of her canonization,
Exhibitions of paintings and artwork featuring Saint Elizabeth
and a congregation of religious figures and students from around
St. Elizabeth Feat Day continues to be celebrated on the date
of her death (17th of November) with several celebrations and
pilgrimages in both Germany and Italy where she continues to be
venerated as one of the Franciscan family of saints.