May 10 – Saint Solange of Bourges: Patron Saint of Children, Drought Relief, Rape Victims

Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint of Travelers (Feast Date: May 10)

Extract from Solange: “Solange (died 10 May, c. 880 was a Frankish shepherdess and a locally-venerated Christian saint, whose cult is restricted to Sainte Solange, Cher. Saint Solange was the patron of the traditional Province of Berry, of which Cher is a part. Solange was born to a poor but devout family in the town of Villemont, near Bourges, and consecrated her virginity at the age of seven; according to some, her mere presence cured the sick and exorcised devils. The son of the count of Poitiers was highly taken with the beauty and popularity of Solange and approached her when she was working on tending to her sheep, but she rejected his suit. He argued with her to no avail, and so he decided to abduct her. At night, he came and took Solange by force, but she struggled so violently that she fell from his horse while he was crossing a stream. Her abductor grew enraged and beheaded her with his sword; Solange’s severed head invoked three times the Holy Name of Jesus, according to the fully developed legend. Like Saint Denis and other saints in Gaulish territories, Solange picked up her head in her own hands and walked with it as far as the church of Saint-Martin in the village of Saint-Martin-du-Crot (which now bears the name of Sainte Solange, Cher, the only commune in France to bear this name), only dropping truly dead there.”

Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint against Drought (Feast Date: May 10)

Extract from St. Solange: “St. Solange was born in Bourges, France, in the mid 9th century. As a deeply religious child, Solange took a vow of chastity at the age of seven. One day about the year 880, while caring for her family flock, Bernard of the Count of Poitiers was captured by her beauty and purity. He made advances but she resisted. Bernard tried to take her by force on his horse but she resisted and fell from the horse. Angered by her resistance, Bernard finished the job that the fall had started with his sword. A Medieval legend has it that St. Solange then rose after being beheaded by her assailant and carried her head in her hands to the Church of St. Martin-du-Cros. In 1281, an altar was erected in her honor in the cemetery of that Church. A field where she used to pray was named after her — ;’The Field of St. Solange.’ Because of the field, St. Solange is called upon as the patron saint of drought relief.” See PICTURE of Saint Solange. See also: Saint Solange- Virgin and Martyr, St. Solange of Berry.

Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint against Drought (Feast Date: May 10)

 Extract from Saint Solange- Virgin and Martyr: “Solange had the task of looking after the family sheep and she had an affinity for and power over animals. One day while tending her flock, Bernard a son of the Count of Poitiers, approached her and made advances at her. She resisted and this infuriated Bernard. Solange struggled when he tried to set her on his horse and was seriously injured when she fell off the horse. Possessed by a demonic fury, Bernard thrust his sword into her killing her on the spot. Saint Solange is an inspiration to both young and old, standing firm to her beliefs, even to death. Lord you showered heavenly gifts on St Solange. Help us to imitate her virtues during our earthly life. Amen.” See PICTURE of Saint Solange. See also: Saint Solange (Multilingual), St. Solange (EN), SANTA SOLANGE DE BOURGES (SP), Santa Solangia (IT), Sainte Solange (FR), Św. Solange, dziewicy i męczennicy, patronki odwracającej klęskę suszy (PO). VIDEO: Santa Solange de Boruges, antes morir que ser infiel.

Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint against Drought (Feast Date: May 10)

Extract from St. Solange of Bourges: “Young virgin shepherdess who took a personal vow of chastity, devoting herself to God alone. She was murdered by her landlord, Bernard, son of the Count of Poitiers, for resisting his sexual advances. Considered a martyr as she died insisting on her fidelity to Christ. Some of the early tellings of her story include her carrying her severed head into a nearby village, and preaching to the people.”

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Solange of Bourges on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Bus Accident in Switzerland (March 13, 2012) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 26 – April 8, 2012.

Drought in Mexico (November 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 6 – December 19, 2011.

Refugees in Kenya Displaced by Drought in Somalia (July, 2011) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 1 – August 14, 2011.

Drought in China (Winter, 2009) (Ongoing) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 16 – March 1, 2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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