Elizabeth the Wonderworker

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Our venerable Mother Elizabeth the Wonderworker of Constantinople (also called Elizabeth the Dragon-slayer) was an abbess. Although some sources say she reposed in the year 540, others maintain that dates from the sixth through the ninth century are possible. Her feast day is celebrated on April 24.


From an early age and throughout her life, Elizabeth manifested holiness through strict asceticism. She became a nun at the Convent of Ss. Cosmas and Damian in Constantinople.

After her repose, her relics, and even the soil around her grave became known for healing the sick and suffering.

In some icons, she is shown having triumphed over a dragon. Her feast day follows that of St. George the Dragon-slayer.

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Further reading

  • "The Life and Struggles of Our Holy Mother Among the Saints, Elisabeth of Constantinople, Whose Memory the Holy Church Celebrates on the 24th of April." from The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers, published by Holy Apostles Convent, pp. 136-138.