ST REGINA under STAINED GLASS

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Marysville, United States

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ST REGINA

Born in Alise (Alesia), Burgundy, France; died c. 251 or 286.

Regina has been venerated at Autun from an early date and was probably martyred under the persecution of Decius or Maximian Herecleus; however, we have no particulars of her life, so her clients developed a suitable one for her.

Thus, it is related that Regina’s father, Clement, was a prominent pagan citizen; her mother died in giving her life.

The baby was entrusted to the care of a Christian nurse who had her baptized, which, to put it mildly, didn’t please her father.

He repudiated his daughter, refusing to ever see her again.

The nurse was poor, so she sent Regina to tend her little flock of sheep.

The young saint found this to be a pleasing occupation because it provided her with the time and solitude to pray and read the lives of the saints.

Too soon the little girl grew to womanhood and attracted the attention of the prefect of the province, Olybrius, who decided that she would be his bride.

Regina, having dedicated her life to God, rejected his advances.

Her father was willing to accept her as his daughter when he knew that she had a distinguished suitor, but she rejected his entreaties as well.

As Olybrius was setting out on a journey, he had Regina imprisoned—the chief jailer was her own father, who carefully guarded his daughter in order to ensure his own advancement.

He encased her in an iron belt joined by two chains to opposite walls.

When Olybrius returned, he again tried to sway Regina to become his wife.

Again she rejected him. In his anger he had her scourged over a wooden horse, her nails torn from their beds, and her skin rent by iron hooks.

Regina recovered from her injuries immediately after being returned to her cell.

That night in prison, she had a vision of the cross, and a voice told her that her release would be soon.

The next day Olybrius began the process again, this time using torches on her side, crucifixion, and finally decapitation.

Many witnesses are said to have been converted by the appearance of a dove hovering over her head.

The story is entirely a Burgundian adaptation of the legend of Saint Marina or Margaret of Antioch.

Her relics are enshrined in Flavigni abbey, to which they were translated in 864, and where they have been rendered famous by miracles and pilgrimages.

There is a miraculous spring with powers to heal ringworm, mange, scurvy, and other illnesses, with a hospital nearby dedicated to Saint Regina founded by Saint Vincent de Paul (Benedictines, Delaney,

St Regina is the patron of the sick and against poverty

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