Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Rosalia
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:
- The patron of Palermo and Sicilian mariners
- Born: c.1130 at Palermo, Sicily
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: September 4th
- Date of Death: Saint Rosalia died in A.D. 1160
- Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Who or what is Saint Rosalia the patron saint of?
Saint Rosalia is the patron of Palermo and Sicilian mariners. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
The Story and History of Saint Rosalia
The story and history of Saint Rosalia. Saint Rosalia was born c.1130 at Palermo, Sicily. She was a member of a wealthy and noble family who were descended from Charlemagne. Rosalia gave up her privileged life and lived alone in a cave near her home. St. Rosalia is the patroness of Palermo, and of Sicilian mariners, by whom she is highly venerated. Her grotto in the mountain on the west side of the Bay is now a place of pilgrimage, and her statue on Mount Pellegrino is visible from the sea. Twice she saved the city from the plague by her intercession.
Death of Saint Rosalia
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Rosalia died in A.D. 1160. Cause of Death: Natural Causes.
How Saint Rosalia is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Rosalia in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Rosalia is represented in Christian Art clad in ragged, loose attire, recumbent in a cavern.
Feast Day of Saint Rosalia
The Feast Day of Saint Rosalia is September 4th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.