Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Saint Helena of Constantinople – Feast Day – August 18

The Memorial of Saint Helena

Saint Helena is the Patron Saint of

• Against fire
• Against thunder
• Archeologists
• Converts
• Difficult marriages
• Divorced people
• Dyers
• Empresses
• Nail smiths
• Needle makers
• Birkirkara, Malta
• Helena, Montana, diocese of

Saint Helena Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersMarried People who became Saints

Saint Helena brief life History

Date of Birth 248 AD
Country of Birth Turkey in Europe
Profession Mother of Constantine the Great
Place of Work Drepanon, Bithynia, Asia Minor
Date of Death 330 AD
Place of Death Rome Italy
Feast Day August 18
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of • Against fire
• Against thunder
• Archeologists
• Converts
• Difficult marriages
• Divorced people
• Dyers
• Empresses
• Nail smiths
• Needle makers
• Birkirkara, Malta
• Helena, Montana, diocese of

Saint Helena Short life History

Saint Helena is also known as

• Elene, Helen
• Flavia Julia Helena Augusta

Converted to Christianity late in life. Married Constantius Chlorus, co-regent of the western Roman empire. Mother of Constantine the Great. Her husband put her aside for a second marriage with better political connections. On his death, her son ascended to the throne, brought her home, and treated her as royalty. She used her high position and wealth in the service of her religious enthusiasm, and helped build churches throughout the empire.

At the age of 80 Saint Helena led a group to the Holy Land to search for the True Cross. She and her group unearthed three crosses in 326.

At the suggestion of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem, she took them to a woman afflicted with an incurable disease, and had her touch each one. One of them immediately cured her, and it was pronounced the True Cross.

She built a church on the spot where the cross was found, and sent pieces to Rome and Constantinople; the Feast of the Holy Cross on 14 September celebrates the event. Thus in art, she is usually depicted holding a wooden cross.

Today’s Catholic Quote:

She and her group unearthed three crosses in 326. At the suggestion of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem, she took them to a woman afflicted with an incurable disease, and had her touch each one. One of them immediately cured her, and it was pronounced the True Cross

 

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