Sunday, September 9, 2018

St. Catherine of Alexandria

 St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church
Sarona, WI


We came across this little country church on our trip to Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary with the grandsons last month.  So who was St. Catherine of Alexandria?


 Catherine was born in 287 AD and (according to Wikipedia,) "according to tradition, a  Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. According to her hagiography, she was both a princess and a noted scholar who became a Christian around the age of 14, converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was martyred around the age of 18."  St. Catherine is venerated in the Coptic Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Catholic Churches, Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism.

About five years ago I found a .pdf of  Early Christian Prayers for my Kindle, edited by A. Hamman and translated by Walter Mitchell. Although it's a digital copy of poorly printed pages, it is a treasure,(and readable, for your brain will fill in the letters that are missing), with prayers recorded in Scripture, such as The Lord's Prayer, the prayer of St. Stephen, prayers in the Epistles, the book of Revelation, from early Christians such as Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus of Lyon, etc. Prayers of the martyrs, such as Polycarp of Smyrna, Simeon and the Persian martyrs, etc. It's about 300 pages, very informative, inspiring,... and humbling.

I think it's the same book that is now on Amazon:


If you're interested, you can follow this link: EARLY CHRISTIAN PRAYERS

Thinking of these early Christians and all who remained faithful to Christ and have gone before us, reminds me of the verses in Hebrews 12:1-3:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart." 

Lord have mercy.

Have a blessed Lord's Day,











Judy

9 comments:

Sandra said...

well preserved and very beautiful old church.. I like these style churches more than cathedrals...

Lynne said...

Simple chapel . . .
A treasure for me to visit . . .
Books . . .
My brother sent me a book a few weeks ago . . .
GRACES . . .
A wonderful vintage find he sent on to me . . .

Terri D said...

I love seeing such an iconic "country" church with a statue of St. Catherine looking over all who enter. I like attending smaller churches. They are more intimate and welcoming than the bigger Catholic churches found most places. Thanks for sharing this!!

podso said...

Beautiful church and I love the shape of the roof of the bell tower with the cross on top. Thank you for the story of St. Catherine--quite something for a young girl to be so studied and such an influence on so many others to come to trust Christ as their Savior. And that she is venerated in so many denominations. ... a beauty too.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Such a lovely church of St Catherine of Alexandria. There is a private girl's school in Richmond (St. Catherine's) that is named for her as she is the patron saint of young women. ♥

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This N That said...

Beautiful church. Very simple. Pretty Bel-tower. Simple churches seem warmer, More welcoming..

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Judy.. your post reminded me of my dear departed Mother. No matter what challenge you faced, my Mother knew what saint to pray to for help. When she was stumped, St. Jude was her go-to saint. Have a great week.

Jill said...

Beautiful church and lady! I love hearing these stories of those who have lived before us. Thank you for sharing this. Have a great week!

blessings,
Jill

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