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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Saint Elizabeth. Queen Of Portugal. Widow. (1271 - 1336). Feast Day 8 July.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Elizabeth.
   Queen of Portugal.
   Feast Day 8 July.


White Vestments.

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal 
(Santa Isabel de Portugal),
Date: Circa 1635.
Current location: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Author: Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664).
(Wikimedia Commons)

File:Flag of Portugal.svg

English: Flag of Portugal, created by Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro (1857-1929),
officially adopted by Portuguese government in June 30th 1911 (in use since about November 1910).
Deutsch: Flagge Portugals, entworfen von Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro (1857-1929),
offiziell von der portugiesischen Regierung am 30. Juni 1911 als Staatsflagge
angenommen (in Verwendung bereits seit ungefähr November 1910).
Date: 1901.
Author: Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro (1910; generic design); Vítor Luís Rodrigues;
António Martins-Tuválkin (2004; this specific vector set: see sources).
Permission: The original of this vector set was contracted by the Portuguese Presidential Office
in June 2004 to Vítor Luís Rodrigues and António Martins-Tuválkin expressly
to be released in public domain.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Church exhorts us, today, to praise God for The Holy Works of Blessed Elizabeth [Invitatory of Matins]. A daughter of Peter II, King of Aragon, she inherited the name and virtues of her Great-Aunt, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

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.

Mass: Cognóvi.

Photo: 10 February 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jbribeiro1.
Attribution: © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / CC-BY-SA-3.0.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

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.

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