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Saint '''Verena''' of is venerated as a [[saint]] by the Theban Legion departed on the fourth day of [[Coptic CalendarOrthodox Church of Alexandria|ThoutCoptic Orthodox Church]] (and by the [[September 14Roman Catholic Church]]). She According to tradition, she was brought up in associated with the Theban region (modern day Luxor in Upper Egypt) in a noble [[ChristianTheban Legion]] family, who handed her over to Sherimon, and died on the fourth day of [[BishopThout]] of Bani Suwayf, who in turn taught her and ([[baptism|baptizedSeptember 14]] her. Saint Verena joined the Theban Legion in its mission to Rhaetia (modern-day Switzerland) and was a relative of Saint Victor of which is the Theban Legion. The soldiers' relatives were allowed to accompany them in order to look after them and take care date of their woundsher commemoration.
When St. [[Maurice]], St. Victor and ==Life==Tradition states that she grew up in the other members of third century in the Theban Legion were [[martyr]]ed, St. Verena led a lonely life as a [[hermit]]. First, she settled region (modern day Luxor in Upper Egypt) in a place called Solothurn, but later moved into a cave near present-day Zurich. She used to [[fast]] and [[prayer|pray]] continuously. Moreover, God performed several [[miracle]]s through hernoble Christian family. She was particularly concerned over young girls and used to look after them spiritually and physicallyplaced in the care of Bishop Sherimon, due to her expertise as a nurse. As a result Bishop of her fameBeni Suef, the ruler arrested who taught her and sent her to jail, where St. [[Mauricebaptism|baptized]] appeared to her to console and strengthen her. After her release from jail, she moved into several regions, and God made several miracles through her prayers. Due to her, many converted to Christianitya Christian. St. Verena was interested joined the Theban Legion in serving the poor and used its mission to offer them food. Moreover, she enjoyed serving the sick, especially those suffering from leprosy. She used to wash their wounds Rhaetia (modern-day Switzerland) and put ointments on them, not fearing infection. At the time of departure was a relative of St. Verena from our world, Victor of the Most Holy [[Virgin Mary]] appeared Theban Legion. The soldiers' relatives were allowed to her accompany them in order to console look after them and strengthen hertake care of their wounds.
After St. [[Maurice]], St. Victor and the other members of the Theban Legion were [[martyr]]ed, St. Verena led a lonely life as a [[hermit]]. First, she settled in a place called Solothurn, but later moved into a cave near present-day Zurich. She [[fast]]ed and [[prayer|prayed]] continuously. Moreover, God performed several [[miracle]]s through her. She was particularly concerned about young girls and looked after them spiritually and physically, due to her expertise as a nurse. As a result of her fame, the ruler arrested her and sent her to jail, where St. [[Maurice]] appeared to her to console and strengthen her. After her release from jail, she moved into several regions, and God made several miracles through her prayers. Due to her, many converted to Christianity. St. Verena was interested in serving the poor and offered them food. Moreover, she enjoyed serving the sick, especially those suffering from leprosy. She washed their wounds and put ointments on them, without fearing infection. At the time of departure of St. Verena from our world, the Most Holy [[Virgin Mary]] appeared to her to console and strengthen her. St. Verena reposed on the fourth day of Thout (September 14).
 
==Dedications==
In 1986, a delegation from St. Verena's Church in Switzerland brought to Egypt a part of St. Verena's [[relics]]. The first [[Coptic]] church consecrated in the name of St. Verena is St. Maurice and St. Verena's Church in Cairo, which was consecrated by HH [[Pope]] [[Shenouda III (Gayyid) of Alexandria|Shenouda III]] on [[February 22]], 1994. In October of 2004, a delegation from St. Verena's (Saint Mary & Saint Verena's) Church in Anaheim, California, along with Bp. Serapion of Los Angeles and Fr. Joseph Boules, traveled to Switzerland to bring a part of Saint Verena's relics to Anaheim. Her church in Anaheim now has a museum dedicated to her relics and artifacts.
 
==See also==
* [[Maurice]]
==Sources==
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