Sunday, July 24, 2011

Christina, Virgin, Martyr

Today we commemorate Christina. Most of the following is taken from Butler. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful heathen magistrate who owned a large collection of idols. Christina destroyed the idols and gave the pieces to the poor.He father had her whipped with rods and then thrown into a dungeon. Christina remained steadfast in the faith. Her father then had her body torn by iron hooks, and fastened her to a rack beneath which a fire was kindled. But God watched over her and turned the flames upon the lookers-on. Christina was next seized, a heavy stone tied about her neck, and she was thrown into the lake of Bolsena, but she was saved by an angel, and outlived her father, who died of spite. Later she suffered the most inhuman torments under the judge who succeeded her father, and finally was thrown into a burning furnace, where she remained, unhurt, for five days. By the power of Christ she overcame the serpents among which she was thrown; then her tongue was cut out, and afterwards, being pierced with arrows, she gained the martyr's crown at Tyro, a city which formerly stood on an island in the lake of Bolsena in Italy, but was long since swallowed up by the waters. Her relics are now at Palermo in Sicily.

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