Saint Catherine in a 15th-century fresco on the St. Jacob church in Urtijëi, Italy. In many places her feast was celebrated with the utmost solemnity, servile work being suppressed and the devotions attended by great numbers of people. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. Her power as an intercessor was renowned and firmly established in most versions of her hagiography, in which she specifically entreats Christ at the moment of her death to answer the prayers of those who remember her martyrdom and invoke her name. In France, some unwed women who have attained the age of 25 wear richly decorated bonnets on the day of her feast. A milk-like substance rather than blood flowed from her neck. Unable to torture her to death, the emperor simply ordered her beheaded. One account claimed that angels took her body to Mt.  Her feast was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969, but restored in 2002 as an optional memorial. She also often carries either a martyr's palm or the sword with which she was actually executed. Countless people make the pilgrimage to the Monastery to receive miracle healing from Catherine. At that time, Alexandria was one of the finest cities in the world, and a center of learning and culture as well as faith. The 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia describes her historical importance: Ranked with St Margaret and St Barbara as one of the fourteen most helpful saints in heaven, she was unceasingly praised by preachers and sung by poets. 415). Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherin' (triptych by Hans Memling, Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England, painted as Catherine of Alexandria - by Jacob Huysmans, Fillide Melandroni as Catherine of Alexandria - by Caravaggio, Egyptian missionary, saint depicted with a wheel, The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, List of Christian women of the patristic age, St Catharine's College, Cambridge University, St Catherine's College, Oxford University, St. Catharine's School for Girls (Kwun Tong), Saint Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint archive, "الأقباط متحدون | سيرة القديسة الشهيدة كاترين الإسكندرانية عيد إستشهادها ( 29 هاتور – 8 ديسمبر )", "Liturgical Year : This Item Currently Unavailable", Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, Learn how and when to remove this template message, St Catherine's church in Muhu island (Estonia), "The Life of St. Catherine, Virgin and Martyr", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Catherine_of_Alexandria&oldid=990602436, Converts to Christianity from pagan religions, Articles containing Ancient Greek (to 1453)-language text, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2018, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2019, Articles incorporating a citation from the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia with Wikisource reference, Wikipedia external links cleanup from August 2020, Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the New International Encyclopedia, Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica with Wikisource reference, Wikipedia articles with CINII identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 7 December (24 November Julian Calendar) (Orthodox churches of Russian background), This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 12:39.  Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, who was murdered by a Christian mob after being accused of exacerbating a conflict between two prominent figures in Alexandria, the governor, Orestes, and the bishop, Cyril. It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. The details are blurry in my memory about what led me to finally choose St. Catherine of Alexandria, but what stands out to me about her life is the power of her one-on-one conversations, even from her prison cell.