Veronica Patron Saint of Photographers and Laundry Workers

Patron Saint Veronica

St. Veronica's feast day is July 12th. She is the patron saint of Photographers and Laundry workers is symbolized by holding a veil bearing the face of Christ and carrying the crown of thorns.

Legend says that a pious woman commonly referred to as 'Veronica'--though she was one of many who accompanied Jesus Christ to he crucifixion on Calvary--was so moved by His suffering she used her veil to wipe His face and the imprint of his features remained on the Veronica Veil.

Legend of Veronica states she took the veil from the Holy Land and used it to cure the Emperor Tiberius of some illness. St. Veronica is said to have left her veil with Pope Saint Clement. Recordings claim Saint Veronica's Veil has been in Rome since the command of Pope Boniface VIII in 1297.

Stories of St. Veronica report her to have been cured by Jesus before his crucifixion. Her faith and her act of charity were the reason He gave her the gift of his face upon her veil.

Some French folklore relates Patron Saint Veronica as the wife of Zacchaeus, the tax collector (Luke 19:1-10). She accompanied him to France, where he was called Amadour. When Amadour became a hermit, St. Veronica moved to evangelize southern France. Others say she is Martha, the sister of Lazarus, or a princess of Edessa, or the wife of an unnamed Gallo-Roman officer. Whatever Veronica's story she is honored as a patron saint of the Catholic Church.

A patron saint is a person who has been assigned by venerable tradition or chosen through election as a special source of intersession with God. These patrons are honored by clergy and special forms of religious practices. The term 'patron' may be applied to a church, a district a company or a corporation. In using the word 'titular', patron is applied only as a patron of a church or institution. Both must have the rank of a canonized saint.

Certain Catholic saints, associated with certain life situations, intercede to God for us. They are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life such as occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes. Records as early as the fourth century reveal that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs. Angels are also named as patron saints. All patrons are given a feast day or special day of worship.

During the first three centuries A.D. the faithful gathered to worship in private houses or even in cemeteries. The Christians suffered sever persecution during that time and were forced to choose places where they could gather to worship in seclusion. In the city of Rome many Christians resided in the catacombs (underground tombs and travel ways) for their own protection. Some of those catacombs have been preserved and remain in tact beneath the area we now called 'The Vatican City' or central of the western Catholic Church. During those days of persecution the most memorable were those who sacrificed their lives for their Christian faith,

After Constantine granted peace to the Church sacred edifices or relics of saints were freely erected. Christians have always held reverence for memory of the heroes who had sealed their faith with blood and the places where martyrs were buried became churches or shrines in their names. Larger churches became known as basilicas

In the seventeenth century Pope Urban VIII created rules that should guide the faithful in the selection of patrons for churches, cities and countries. These rules must be considered. (1) The possession of the body or some important relic of the saint; (2) his announcement of the Gospel to the nation; (3) his labors or death in the locality; (4) his adoption as the national patron; (5) the special devotion of the founder of the church; (6) the spirit of ecclesiastical devotion at a given time.

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