Elizabeth of Hungary

posted 18 Nov 2013, 03:39 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com   [ updated 18 Nov 2013, 03:41 ]
Elizabeth was a princess of Hungary who was married at 14 and widowed at 20. When her husband died she sent away her children and got the money she was owed on his death (a dowry). She then used the money to build a hospital where she herself served the sick. She became a symbol of Christian Charity after her death at 24.

Lord God,
who taught Elizabeth of Hungary
      to recognize and reverence Christ in the poor of this world:
by her example
strengthen us to love and serve the afflicted and the needy
and so to honour your Son, the servant king,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.