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St. Catherine of Alexandria

Virgin, Martyr

November 25

Catherine was a noble virgin of Alexandria who united a zeal for the liberal arts with an ardent faith. When she saw many Christians given up to torture by Maximin, she went to him and strongly stated the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation. Wondering at her wisdom, the tyrant commanded her to be held, and, assembling the most learned men from all sides, he tried to persuade her to turn to the worship of idols. But the opposite happened; many of those men were convinced by Catherine’s wise reasoning and embraced the faith of Christ and did not hesitate to die for it. Because of this, Maximin tried promises first and then threats to win Catherine from her conviction; but, when nothing succeeded, he had her beheaded with an axe.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1841-1842.

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