Monday, November 17, 2008
The Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)
St. Elizabeth (1207-1231), daughter of the king of Hungary, is remembered for her charitable work on behalf of the poor and building hospitals. She was influenced by the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi through Franciscan monks. Her husband, Ludwig IV, was a ruler in central Germany. He supported her charitable work. After six years of marriage he died of the plague. Her life was made more difficult afterwords and she died young. She is buried in a church named for her, the Elisabethkirche in Marburg, Germany.
From the Missal:
Shed Thy light upon the hearts of Thy faithful people, O merciful God, and through the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, grant that we may despise worldly success and find our joy in heavenly consolation; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Almighty God, by whose grace your servant Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world: Grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.