Saint Verena with Comb Religious Statues Near Me; Saint Verena of Zurzach
Upper Egypt - Zurzach (Switzerland), 4th century
Born in Egypt, she arrived in Italy following the Theban Legion. She was then in Koblenz and Zurzach, Switzerland, where she spent herself for the poor.
At Zurzach on the Rhine in the territory of Zurich, in present-day Switzerland, Saint Verena, virgin.
As with so many saints of the first centuries of Christianity, whose 'Lives' were written centuries after their existence, with all the probable uncertainties that arose, the same thing happened to St. Verena.
There are two "Lives" that narrate her earthly life, one written around 888 and the other around 1005; in addition there are the "Miracula s. Verena" written around 1010, which describe the veneration of the saint at her tomb in Zurzach in the tenth century.
More than 500 years have passed since the existence of Verena, who lived in the fourth century; born in Upper Egypt, baptized, she went to Lower Egypt where she joined the Christian Theban Legion, following which she arrived in Italy.
Here she stayed in Milan, while the Theban Legion continued, then being massacred near Agauno (Switzerland), in hatred of the Christian faith, with their commander s. Maurice around 302, by order of Emperor Maximian (religious holiday on September 22).
When she heard of the massacre, Verena passed through Agauno to venerate them and then stopped in Solothurn, where she took up residence with a man, remaining, however, for all women, an example of virginity and asceticism; from there she went to Koblenz and then to Zurzach (Switzerland), where she found a Christian church and remained there until her death.
She lived by realizing the Christian ideal of virtue and love of neighbor, feeding the poor and caring for lepers.
Her tomb became a center of worship, and is the testimony of the first steps of Christianity in Switzerland; the monastery erected in the tenth century on her tomb, became the destination of numerous pilgrimages with kings, counts and dukes.
She is one of the most venerated saints in Switzerland, altars, chapels and relics are still preserved today. In art she is represented as a matron with a jug and bread, or with a comb, symbols of her care for the poor and the lepers.
Her religious festivity is on September 1st.