October 21 – Saint Ursula: Patron Saint of Students and for a Holy Death

Saint Ursula, Patron Saint for a Holy Death (Feast Date: October 21)

Extract from SAINT URSULA and her COMPANIONS:  Virgins and Martyrs at Cologne (†383):  ”Saint Ursula was born in Great Britain of Christian parents; her father, Maurus, was king of Cornubia in Scotland. Ursula was sought in marriage by a young pagan prince, but had already vowed her life and her heart to Jesus Christ.  In the year 383 she was boarded onto a boat with a large number of young girls and Christian women whom a Roman conqueror wished to give as wives to his soldiers, after having endowed them with rich terrains. But during the crossing of the Channel a storm arose, and the ships, instead of reaching western Gaul, were driven towards the mouth of the Rhine. The Huns who at that time were ravaging Europe saw the ships, and were making ready to pillage them and inflict on these virgins and women a dishonor more dreaded by them than death. Commanded by Ursula, they resisted heroically and so well that suddenly the sentiments of the barbarians changed. They took up their arms to be rid of this peaceful army. Soon the victims fell under the blows of the executioners, and their souls winged their way to heaven.  The prince of the Huns, struck by Ursula’s beauty, spared her at first; he tried to console her for the death of her companions and promised to marry her. When she did not assent he shot her with an arrow, and this consecrated virgin fell with the others.”See PICTURE of Saint Ursula. See also:   Saint Ursula (Multi-lingual), Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins (EN)Saint Ursula,(EN), Úrsula y compañeras, Santa (SP),Sant’ Orsola e compagne Martiri (IT), La légende de sainte Ursule et des Onze Mille Vierges (FR), Św. Urszula męczennica (PO).  Video: Saint Ursula (October 21)PRAYER for the Feast of Saint Ursula and Companion Virgin Martyrs.

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

Massacre of Students at the Federal Polytechnic in Mubi, Nigeria. (October 2, 2012) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 8 – October 21, 2012.

Flash Floods in Haiti (October 2010) (America)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions – October 25-November 7, 2010.

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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