St. Elizabeth the Patron Saint of nurses
The marker of Saint Elizabeth's life was her constant devotion
to the care of the sick and the poor despite her high station.
Her founding of hospitals and selfless gifts of alms means that
to this day those who are dying especially children and those
without a home pray to her for blessed intercession.
She continues to have a special love of hospitals and those who
work in them as well as those who work in charitable causes around
A popular tale still told in Germany is how when confronted by
a cold and dying leper she took him in and lay him in the bed
she shared with her husband so that he may be comforted and warmed.
When her husband came home to find her bathing the leper's forehead
as he lay in their bed, he snatched the sheets off in disgust
so that they could be burnt.
However at that instant the grace of God descended upon him and
he saw a vision of the crucified Christ lying where the leper
This continued in a series of healing miracles after her death.
Similarly her actions in reliving the sufferings of those who
are starving and her gifts of grain and bread mean that she is
often known as the patron saint of Bakers.
Saint Elizabeth's struggles as a widow especially when her Uncle
the Bishop of Bamberg held her hostage in an attempt to get her
to remarry and further his political ambitions mean that those
who face the pain of being widowed and those who face repression
due to their piety and beliefs.
Saint Elizabeth is the patron saint of nursing services,
bakers, countesses, death of children, falsely accused, the homeless,
tertiaries, widows, and young brides. Her symbols are alms, flowers,
bread, the poor, and a pitcher.