SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – 1231)
Patron services, tertiaries, widows, and young brides
Hand carved statue made in 1855 polychrome
Polychrome is the "'practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors. The term is used to refer to certain styles of architecture, pottery or sculpture in multiple colors.
To be betrothed at age four and sent to the country of your future spouse was not unusual for royalty of Elizabeth of Hungary’s time. What was unusual is that it was a happy and holy alliance. By the time Elizabeth’s marriage was solemnized her spouse adored her. He supported her generosity to the poor, although others in his family objected. A famous story about this clash tells how she was stopped by one of her in-
Her husband was able to block the spite shown to his queen up until his death on the First Crusade. Without her protector, Elizabeth’s mean-
SAINT LADISLAUS CHURCH
Prayer to St. Elizabeth
Dear Saint, you were always poor in spirit, most generous toward the poor,faithful to your husband, and fully consecrated to your Divine Bridegroom.Grant your help to widows and keep them faithful to their heavenly Lord.Teach them how to cope with their loss and to make use of their time inthe service of God. Amen.