Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Woman Who Shaped History - St Helena

St Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great.  She made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 324AD and founded the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  She went to Bethlehem as well and had the Church of the Nativity built.

Her final resting place is in the Abbey of Hautvillers near Rheims in France.  Her feast day is August 18.

She is a saint recognised by not only Catholics but also Anglicans and Orthodox churches.  She is sometimes known as Helen of Constantinople.

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