Saturday, October 21, 2017

Feast of St. Ursula

On October 21st we celebrate the feast day of St. Ursula, a holy woman and venerated martyr shrouded in mystery. According to legend she was a 4th century princess from Britain who wanted to dedicate her life to God.  She did not want to embrace the arranged marriage that her father had arranged.  Ursula pleaded with him to make a pilgrimage, she set off and was martyred by the Huns in Cologne, Germany.   St. Angela chose Ursula to be the patroness of the Ursuline Order as she was one of her favorite saints.  Ursula’s life is shrouded in legend and it is uncertain if she truly existed.  Whether she is a myth or real we honor her this day as we pray…

Good and gracious God, you have given us Ursula and her Companions, women whose firm belief in Jesus Christ led them to a martyr’s death.  In remembering them may we be empowered by your Spirit to live with singleness of mind and heart as we strive to witness to your presence in our world today.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.  Happy Feast of St. Ursula to all!

Pat Schifini, OSU

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