Oil Dedicated to St Elizabeth of Hungary 6 (Patron for Dying Children)
St Elizabeth of Hungary 6 (Patron for Dying Children) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, also known as St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, was a medieval princess, wife, and devoted servant of the poor. She lived from 1207 to 1231 and is celebrated as a saint in the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions.
Elizabeth was born in Hungary to King Andrew II and his wife Gertrude of Merania. At the age of 14, she married to Louis IV, the landgrave of Thuringia, a union that politically arranged. Despite this, the couple developed a deep love and respect for each other and had three children.
Elizabeth known for her devotion to God and her concern for the poor. She would often give away her own clothing and food to those in need, and would even open the royal granaries to feed the poor during times of famine. She also founded a hospital and dedicated herself to the care of the sick and dying.
After Louis’ death in 1227, Elizabeth forced to leave the castle with her children and accused of misusing royal funds. She cleared of the charges, but forced to renounce her wealth and live in poverty.
Elizabeth joined the Third Order of St. Francis, and continued her work of serving the poor until her death at the age of 24. She canonized by the Catholic Church in 1235, just four years after her death, and remembered as a model of Christian charity and compassion.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s feast day celebrated on November 17th. She also recognized as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion, and the Lutheran Church, among others. She the patron saint of bakers, hospitals, and nurses, and her life continues to inspire people to live lives of selfless service and devotion to God.