Sunday, 14 July 2013
Cute Catholic Saints: Santa Rosalia
SANTA ROSALIA should be translated as Saint Rosalie. She's the patron saint of Palermo (my place of birth :) ) where she's often referred to as "La Santuzza" - the Little/Sweet Saint.
The celebration is held in Palermo tonight in the wake for the 15th of July.
And today there's 29° in London and I'm a bit tired so I'll recur to Wikipedia to let you know how the story goes:
According to legend, Rosalia was born of a Norman noble family that claimed descent from Charlemagne. Devoutly religious, she retired to life as a hermit in a cave on Mount Pellegrino, where she died alone in 1166. Tradition says that she was led to the cave by two angels. On the cave wall she wrote "I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses, and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ."
In 1624, a horrible plague haunted Palermo, and during this hardship St Rosalia appeared first to a sick woman, then to a hunter to whom she indicated where her remains were to be found. She ordered him to bring her bones to Palermo and have them carried in procession through the city.
The hunter climbed the mountain and found her bones in the cave as described. He did what she had asked in the apparition, and after the procession the plague ceased. After this St Rosalia would be venerated as the patron saint of Palermo, and a sanctuary was built in the cave where her remains were discovered.
Disclaimer: I'm not a catholic myself. I honestly don't know why I'm drawing this saints series.