Boldog névnapot Szent Erzsébet Árpád-házi! Happy belated name (feast) day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary of the House of Arpad!! The feast day of my patroness was celebrated last week on November 17 in the US and on November 19 in Hungary. In Hungary name days are celebrated just as much, if not more than, birthdays. I'm still waiting for all my name day presents... ;)
Elizabeth was born a princess in Hungary (a part which is now present day Slovakia) in 1207, the daughter of King Alexander II. When she was 13 she married Louis of Thuringia. Despite her position in the court, Elizabeth and her husband led a virtuous life and Elizabeth especially devoted herself to works of charity. Elizabeth and Louis had 3 children when Louis was killed - she was only 20 years old. After being thrown out of the royal court by her husband's family. She was later reinstated to the court but eventually Elizabeth left the royal court, made arrangements for her children to be taken care of, and renounced the world to become a tertiary (third order member) of St. Francis. She built a hospital and devoted herself to the care of the sick until her death in 1231 at the age of 24.
Holiness obviously ran in the family because St. Hedwig was her aunt, St. Kinga/Cunegunda was her niece, and St. Elizabeth of Portugal was her great-niece! Elizabeth of Hungary is frequently depicted with bread and roses. One day she left the palace to take bread (she is the patron of bakers) to the poor and along the way she was stopped and demanded to reveal what she was carrying. As she opened up her cloak, the bread she had been carrying turned into roses! May we, like St. Elizabeth of Hungary, be devoted to serving the poor and desire a life of poverty and detachment from the world.
Statues and images of St. Elizabeth are hard to come by in US churches (with the exception of the St. Elizabeth Hospital and Chapel in Lafayette!!)...so here's some of the pictures of St. E related things I spotted in Europe! Szent Erszebet, ora pro nobis! Hungarian and Latin in once sentence...reminds me of a few of the Extraordinary Form Masses I attended in Budapest that were half in Latin and half in Hungarian!
|St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Lafayette, IN - before I left for Budapest|
|Chapel of St. Stephen's Hand in St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest|
|St. Elizabeth Pharmacy/Clinic in Bratislava, Slovakia|
|St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Bratislava...smurf church?|
|Love this mosaic - note that she's always shown with roses!!|
|Castle perched above Brastislava, where St. E lived until she was 4|
|Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic (St. E on the right and Margaret of Hungary on the left)|
|Primatial Basilica in Esztergom, Hungary|
|No telling which church this was in BP...they are all yellow!|
|RELICS of Elizabeth!!! Inner City Parish Church in Budapest|