St Catherine of Alexandria
- 25 November
- 24 November with the Orthodox Churches of Russian origin
Apparently Catherine was a Alexandrian princess who was both beautiful and intelligent. She was a noted scholar.
She turned to Christianity at the age of 14. But by 18 she was martyred.
Legend has it that St Catherine paid heavily for her belief in Christianity. Many forms of tortures and humiliations were use on the virgin Catherine to make her recant her faith in Jesus.
She was imprisoned.
She was scrubbed, using abrasive materials, until her whole body was sore and bleeding.
She was starved.
And finally she put her on a breaking wheel.
An angel came from heaven above and destroyed the wheel.
However St Catherine’s tormentors were not defeated. They used a sword to behead her; instead of blood, milk spurted from her body.