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Wednesday 19 November 2014

19th November, St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew, King of Hungary, was given in marriage to Louis IV, the saintly Landgrave of Thuringia. She was called the mother of the poor, and cared for the sick and the lepers with maternal tenderness, kissing their wounds with respect. At her husband's death, her brother-in-law expelled her from the castle at Wartburg and she could not find a shelter. She took the habit of the Third Order of Penance of St Francis, and died at the age of 24, AD 1231.

Cognovi, Domine, quia aequitas judicia tua, et in veritate tua humiliasti me: confige timore tuo carnes meas, a mandatis tuis timui. Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.
I know, O Lord, that Thy judgements are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me: pierce Thou my flesh with Thy fear, I am afraid of Thy judgements. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
(Psalm 118:75,120,1 from the Introit of Mass).

O God of tender mercies, pour forth Thy light over the hearts of Thy faithful people: and graciously listening to the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, make us to think little of worldly prosperity and to be ever gladdened by heavenly consolation.

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