Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Queen of Portugal.
Feast Day 8 July.
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
(Santa Isabel de Portugal),
Artist: Francisco de Zurbarán,
Date: Circa 1635.
Current location: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Author: Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664).
Her father, seeing her Holiness, used to say that she would surpass all other women of Royal Race (Epistle, Communion). She married Denis I, King of Portugal.
She had received the prerogative of re-establishing Peace, where there had been divisions, and of mitigating the fury of War (Collect). When she became a widow, she took The Habit of The Third Order of Saint Francis, distributed her riches and acquired, at this price, the precious pearl and the hidden treasure of Life Everlasting (Gospel).
She died at Estremos, Portugal, in 1336, and her body has remained incorrupt.
Photo: 10 February 2014.
Source: Own work.
Attribution: © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Elizabeth of Aragon, more commonly known as Elizabeth of Portugal, (Third Order of Saint Francis, T.O.S.F.) (1271 – 1336); "Elisabet" in Catalan, "Isabel" in Aragonese, Portuguese and Spanish), was Queen Consort of Portugal, a Tertiary of The Franciscan Order and is Venerated as a Saint of The Roman Catholic Church.
Elizabeth showed an early enthusiasm for her Faith. She said the full Divine Office, daily, Fasted, and did other Penance, as well as attended twice-daily Choral Masses. Religious fervour was common in her family, as she could count several members of her family who were already Venerated as Saints. The most notable example is her Great-Aunt, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, (Third Order of Saint Francis, T.O.S.F.), after whom she was named.