The Memorial of Saint Eulalia of Merida
Saint Eulalia of Merida is the Patron Saint of
Saint Eulalia of Merida Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Not Married who became Saints
Saint Eulalia of Merida brief life History
|Date of Birth||290 AD|
|Country of Birth||Spain in Europe|
|Profession||Young devoted Christian and Martyr|
|Place of Work||Merida, Spain|
|Date of Death||304 AD|
|Place of Death||Merida, Spain|
|Feast Day||10 December|
|Patron Saint of||Mérida, Spain;
Saint Eulalia of Merida Feast Day Short life History
Eulalia was a devout Christian virgin, aged 12–14, whose mother sequestered her in the countryside in AD 304 because all citizens were required to avow faith in the Roman gods.
Eulalia ran away to the law court of the governor Dacian at Emerita, professed herself a Christian, insulted the pagan gods and emperor Maximian, and challenged the authorities to martyr her. The judge’s attempts at flattery and bribery failed.
According to the Spanish-Roman poet Prudentius of the fifth century, who devoted book 3 of his Peristephanon (“About martyrs”) to Eulalia, she said:
Isis Apollo Venus nihil est,
Maximianus et ipse nihil:
illa nihil, quia facta manu;
hic, manuum quia facta colit
(Isis, Apollo and Venus are naught,
Nor is Maximian anything more;
Nothing are they, for by hand they were wrought,
He, for of hands he the work doth adore)
She was then stripped by the soldiers, tortured with hooks and torches, and burnt at the stake, suffocating from smoke inhalation. She taunted her torturers all the while, and as she expired a dove flew out of her mouth.
This frightened away the soldiers and allowed a miraculous snow to cover her nakedness, its whiteness indicating her sainthood. For this reason she is regarded among Catholic school children and teachers alike as the patron saint of snow (inclement weather) days, according to Ian Gibbons, SJ.
A shrine over her tomb was soon erected. Veneration of Eulalia was already popular with Christians by AD 350; Prudentius’ poem increased her fame and relics from her were distributed through Iberia.
Bishop Fidelis of Mérida rebuilt a basilica in her honor around AD 560. Her shrine was the most popular in Visigothic Spain. In c. 780 her body was transferred to Oviedo by King Silo. It lies in a coffin of Arab silver donated by Alfonso VI in 1075.
In 1639, she was made patron saint of Oviedo. She appears in Thieleman J. van Braght, Martyrs Mirror: An account of Those who Suffered in the Fourth Century (1660).
Today’s Saint Eulalia of Merida Feast Day Quote:
Often linked with Eulalia is Saint Julia of Mérida, as in the double dedication to Saints Eulalia and Julia. Julia is also said to have been a young girl martyred at Mérida in 304, in the same persecution by Diocletian, and her feast day is also celebrated on 10 December.