Genevieve of Paris

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[[Image:Gen_tombicon.jpg|thumb|Icon of Ss. Geneviève and [[Symeon the Stylite|Simeon the Stylite]] at her tomb in Paris]]Our venerable mother '''Geneviève of Paris''' was a [[nun]] originally from Nanterre who lived in France circa 500 A.D.  She is considered the [[patron saint]] of the city of Paris, together with St. Denis.  Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[January 3]].
[[Image:Genevieve_sign.jpg|left|thumb|Inscription at the tomb of St. Geneviève in Paris: "Consolation of exiles, you have manifested yourself to the Russian Orthodox emigrees. In all times, at your tomb, they venerate you. O Holy Geneviève, pray for us, Apostle of Unity."]]
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Our venerable mother '''Geneviève of Paris''' was a [[nun]] originally from Nanterre who lived in France circa 500 A.D.  She is considered the patron saint of the city of Paris, together with St. Denis.  Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[January 3]].
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==Fight for vocation==
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==Life==
Bishop St Germain, going to England to combat the heresy claiming one can be saved without baptism, passed by Nanterre. He laid his hands on eight year old Geneviève, and asked her if she wanted to give herself to the Lord, she said yes. Her mother opposed the vocation, she was angry with her mother, who went blind, but was healed when she forgave her.
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[[Image:Genevieve tomb.jpg|thumb|left|A picture of her tomb, across from the Pantheon in Paris. Most of her [[relics]] were dumped into the Seine by the radical atheists of the French Revolution, but others were collected from churches around France to which they had already been distributed.]][[Bishop]] St. [[Germanus of Paris|Germaine]] ([[May 28]]), on his way to England to combat the [[heresy]] which claimed that one can be saved without [[baptism]], passed by Nanterre. He laid his hands on eight-year-old Geneviève, and asked her if she wanted to give herself to the Lord; she said yes. Geneviève was angry with her mother, when her mother opposed the vocation.  Her mother then went blind, but was healed when Geneviève forgave her.
  
==Ascetism==
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St. Geneviève is associated with many miraculous events.  When Attila the Hun approached, she upbraided the cowardly men who wanted to leave town: they remained in Paris, and Attila's barbarians turned away.  St. [[Symeon the Stylite]] sent her a letter after seeing her in a vision.  St. Geneviève also worked [[exorcism]]s using [[holy oil]] blessed by the bishop.
When old she ate only bread with milk and only sundays and thursdays. The milk was added by insistance of the bishops.
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==St Symon the Stylite==
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When old, she ate only bread with milk, and only on Sundays and Thursdays. The milk was added by insistence of the bishops.
Sent her a letter after seeing her in a vision.
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==Saving Paris==
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When Attila the Hun approached, she upbraided the cowardly men who wanted to leave town: they stayed, and Attila did not come there.
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==Exorcisms==
 
She worked them using holy oil blessed by the bishop.
 
  
(source for additions: Latin Vita Stae Genovefae, Jan 3 in Acta Sanctorum, by Bollandists, citing from memory)
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==Source==
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[[Image:Genevieve_sign.jpg|thumb|Inscription at the tomb of St. Geneviève in Paris: "Consolation of exiles, you have manifested yourself to the Russian Orthodox émigrés. In all times, at your tomb, they venerate you. O Holy Geneviève, pray for us, [[Apostle]] of Unity."]]
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*''Vita Sanctae Genovefae'', Jan 3 in ''Acta Sanctorum'', by the [[w:Bollandist|Bollandists]].
  
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==External Links==
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100015 Venerable Genevieve of Paris] ([[OCA]])
 
*[http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/genevieve.htm An icon of St. Geneviève]
 
*[http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/genevieve.htm An icon of St. Geneviève]
 
*[http://www.roca.org/OA/16/16g.htm St. Geneviève of Paris]
 
*[http://www.roca.org/OA/16/16g.htm St. Geneviève of Paris]
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*[http://ndjasg.club.fr/MolebenSG.html Moleben (in French) to St. Geneviève from Notre Dame Joie des Affligés et Ste. Geneviève in Paris]
 
*[http://ndjasg.club.fr/MolebenSG.html Moleben (in French) to St. Geneviève from Notre Dame Joie des Affligés et Ste. Geneviève in Paris]
 
*[http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/golden216.htm Life of St. Geneviève from the Golden Legend of William Caxton, 1483]
 
*[http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/golden216.htm Life of St. Geneviève from the Golden Legend of William Caxton, 1483]
 
[[Image:Genevieve tomb.jpg|thumb|A picture of her tomb, across from the Pantheon in Paris. Most of her [[relics]] were dumped into the Seine by the radical atheists of the French Revolution, but others were collected from churches around France that they had already been distributed to.]]
 
  
 
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Icon of Ss. Geneviève and Simeon the Stylite at her tomb in Paris
Our venerable mother Geneviève of Paris was a nun originally from Nanterre who lived in France circa 500 A.D. She is considered the patron saint of the city of Paris, together with St. Denis. Her feast day is celebrated on January 3.

Life

A picture of her tomb, across from the Pantheon in Paris. Most of her relics were dumped into the Seine by the radical atheists of the French Revolution, but others were collected from churches around France to which they had already been distributed.
Bishop St. Germaine (May 28), on his way to England to combat the heresy which claimed that one can be saved without baptism, passed by Nanterre. He laid his hands on eight-year-old Geneviève, and asked her if she wanted to give herself to the Lord; she said yes. Geneviève was angry with her mother, when her mother opposed the vocation. Her mother then went blind, but was healed when Geneviève forgave her.

St. Geneviève is associated with many miraculous events. When Attila the Hun approached, she upbraided the cowardly men who wanted to leave town: they remained in Paris, and Attila's barbarians turned away. St. Symeon the Stylite sent her a letter after seeing her in a vision. St. Geneviève also worked exorcisms using holy oil blessed by the bishop.

When old, she ate only bread with milk, and only on Sundays and Thursdays. The milk was added by insistence of the bishops.


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Inscription at the tomb of St. Geneviève in Paris: "Consolation of exiles, you have manifested yourself to the Russian Orthodox émigrés. In all times, at your tomb, they venerate you. O Holy Geneviève, pray for us, Apostle of Unity."
  • Vita Sanctae Genovefae, Jan 3 in Acta Sanctorum, by the Bollandists.


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