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Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary

November 17 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Daughter of King Andrew II, the King of Hungary, St. Elizabeth was betrothed to Ludwig of Thuringia, a German nobleman, before the age of four. Because of this, she was sent away to earn an education at the Thuringia court.

When she was only six, Elizabeth’s mother Gertrude was murdered. History ascribes her murder to the conflict between the German people and Hungarian nobles. The murder of her mother had a significant impact on Elizabeth, who consoled herself with prayer.

In 1221, Elizabeth and Ludwig were married. They were deeply in love and Ludwig supported Elizabeth’s religious life, despite the judgement of the royal court. As Queen, Elizabeth promised to help the Franciscan order advance their mission of charity, to which her husband agreed. Together they were generous towards the poor.

Ludwig and Elizabeth had three children – two who became nobility and one who became an abbess of a German convent.

During 1226 while Ludwig was in Italy attending to political business, a flood struck Thuringia. Along with caring for victims of disease, Elizabeth ordered a hospital be built in order to care for the poor. The royal family’s goods and clothes were also distributed to the poor on her command.

Ludwig passed away while on his way to Jerusalem to help assist Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the Sixth Crusade. A grieving Elizabeth took a vow of chastity, promising never to marry again, despite the dismay of the royal court and her family. After agreeing to completely obey her spiritual director, Master Conrad of Marburg, Elizabeth’s children were sent from her.

Another hospital was but with Elizabeth’s remaining money. She joined the Third Order of St. Francis. Only a few years later, St. Elizabeth became ill after exposure to the severely ill she was aiding. She passed away in 1231. Almost immediately, miraculous healings began near her grave located by the hospital she paid for, which led to her being declared a saint a mere four years after her death.


O God, by whose gift Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
recognized and revered Christ in the poor,
grant, through her intercession,
that we may serve with unfailing charity
the needy and those afflicted.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


November 17
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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