May 7 - St. Elizabeth the Wonderworker

She slew a fierce dragon through prayer, healed a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for many years, and drove impure spirits out of people. . . .

The Venerable Elizabeth the Wonderworker

The venerable Elizabeth was chosen to serve God, even before she was born. It was revealed to her mother that Elizabeth would be a chosen vessel of the Holy Spirit. As a child Elizabeth was sent to a monastery by her parents. The virgin was raised up in fasting and labors, for which she received the gift of healing both bodily and spiritual afflictions. The sisters, recognizing her holiness, and wishing to be saved under her direction, chose Elizabeth to be their abbess.

The saint's self-restraint was beyond compare. She only wore a rough hairshirt. Her body froze, but her soul burned with the flame of divine grace. For many years the saint only ate herbs and vegetables. Many times she went through Lent without eating anything. Emulating the humilty of the publican, for three years she didn't raise her eyes to the sky, but the eyes of her soul were always raised to God. During her midnight prayers a heavenly light illumined the saint.

She performed many miracles. She slew a fierce dragon through prayer, healed a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for many years, and drove impure spirits out of people. After her death many healings were performed at her grave. Even the dust from her relics gave sight to the blind.

May seventh is the feast day of the Venerable Elizabeth the Wonderworker.

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