Saint Elizabeth of Thüringen
Patron of the Third Order
 
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Who was/is Elizabeth? She is above all known as the Saint of Christian love, which as a small child from Hungary came to Thüringen on the Wartburg by Eisenach.
 
With the Wartburg is connected the well known Minnesingers’ Contest, with the yearly minstrels and poets participating from all of Germany. The great Magician Klingsohr, a wise and famous Astrologer in his time, was at the Minnesingers’ Contest in the year 1207 as a guest.
 
Elizabeth, who had chosen the steep way of humility, would always be venerated as the most significant figure of a Franciscan penitent. Her life, her prayer, her absolute dedication, so as to alleviate the suffering of the needy, are as a great and certain light in the Franciscan succession.
 
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The manner, in which she lived the spirituality of the Poverello from Assisi, has left behind an indelible mark in history. Robert Folz says in one of his books about St Elizabeth, that she at the beginning of the 13 century, together with St Francis, put in motion a “revolution of love”. She became known already in 1235, in the year of her canonization, as the Patron of the Third Order.
 
She made clear that it is possible in everyday life to integrate contemplation and action. Many Foundresses of Religious Orders have throughout the course of centuries been inspired by her example. Elizabeth-Associations were founded, hospitals and kitchens were established in her name, and in many works of art would her remembrance be kept alive.
 
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She made clear that it is possible in everyday life to integrate contemplation and action. Many Foundresses of Religious Orders have
 
throughout the course of centuries been inspired by her example. Elizabeth-Associations were founded, hospitals and kitchens were established in her name, and in many works of art would her remembrance be kept alive.
 
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Also Mother M. Clara Pfänder mentioned St Elizabeth – among other Saints – in the Founding Constitutions. It is surely not a coincidence that in our Congregation for a long time the celebration of investiture, Temporary Vows and Final Profession took place on November 19, and analogous to that, in the half-year rhythm on May 19. It would be interesting to see where and how in our Congregation St Elizabeth is remembered.
A legend tells:
 

As Francis with his friend Cardinal Hugolino, who was later Pope Gregory IX, spoke about St Elizabeth, Hugolino took the mantle off the back of St Francis and said to him, he would have it sent to Elizabeth, as a sign of poverty and humility. It happened as well, and Elizabeth was very happy with it. This mantle of St Francis is a legacy for us all to hear, as we venerate Elizabeth as Patron.

 

 
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The Bull of the Canonization is kept in Perugia
 
 
 
 
 
 
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