Getting to know a Saint : ST. AUREA
Another 3rd Week has come – this August All Sistars were assigned to “GET TO KNOW A SAINT”. I was given St. Aurea. As I Goggled – I found various versions of St. Aurea I guess there are around 3-4 of them.
But I decided to choose St. Aurea of Ostia.
Ostia is a seaport in Rome, Italy. It is a diocese of Rome whose St. is St. Aurea. The below photo is a façade of its Church.
|Present Day Church|
An insufficient information were noted about this Saint. What has been know is that Aurea (or Chrysse) meaning “Golden Girl” was a part of a noble blood family in Rome in 270 AD. Because of her faith she was put into exile from mainland Rome to Ostia.
|A Painting of St. Aurea|
In her presence there, it is believed that she had done miracles such as:
Being able to loosen a Christian prisoner’s chains after their encounter.
With this occurrence – she was able to convert 17 prisoners to the Christian faith that has been beheaded later because of their conversion.
And another story was shared that Aurea was able to bring back to life a son of a shoemaker.
With these accounts, although during that century, the Church hasn’t set the official requirements in canonization of Saint – these were the considered reasons of her Sainthood.
Finally, like any other saints, Aurea died a martyr – as she was forced to renounce her Christian faith and give praise to the Roman gods, but she declined.
Therefore she was dragged to her death; thrown to the sea with a millstone on her head.
|This is a painting by Andrea Sacchi – that can be found in the altar of the church.|
St. Aurea’s feast is every 24th August and 20th May.
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