Poems

Joe Dolce: ‘St Corona’

St Corona Latin for Crown. Patron saint of plagues. Testified for a Roman soldier, named Victor, a Christian, whipped by the Christian-hating judge, Sebastian, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, eyes gouged out, yet refused to deny Christ. Corona, sixteen, wife of a soldier, knelt and prayed for Victor. Imprisoned, tortured, drawn and quartered, in 177 AD, Syria. Pre-congregation saint, her feast day, May 14th. St Corona’s bones were exhumed, in 1943, and found to be both male and female. Joe Dolce

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