Saint of the Day

“The Saint of the Day for August 18 is St. Helena.

Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co Emperor Maximian’s stepdaughter. Constantine became emperor in 312 after the fateful victory at Milvian Bridge, and Helena was named Augusta, or empress. She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land.

On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. She is believed to have died in Nicomedia. Her porphyry sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum. Geoffrey of Monmouth, England, started the legend that Helena was the daughter of the king of Colchester, a tradition no longer upheld. In liturgical art Helena is depicted as an empress, holding a cross.” – “St. Helena”, A Catholic View

This post from A Catholic View celebrates the today as the feast day of Saint Helena. She was an amazing woman, especially for the time she lived in. She was the one who found the Relic of the True Cross, which was just re-found in Vermont! At one time she was married to Constantine, which a fun fact that not everybody knows. She is certainly an important patron saint and everybody should say a prayer to her today.