St Elizabeth of Hungary Patron Saint

The Charity of St. Elizabeth Hungary

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 the world.

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 was.

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.

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