Catherine came out of the ordeal unharmed,
wife (whom the
Emperor had planned on replacing with tCatherine) converted to
Christianity along with 200 of
guards, thus provoking poor Max to finally have Catherine beheaded. When
her head was removed, milk flowed fran her veins instead of blood. Her
body (and head) were then transported
angels to Mount Sinai where her alleged relics are revered at the famous
monastery of St. Catherine's.
Although there is no historical evidence
that Catherine ever existed, her cult has been very strong. Catherine
was one of the "voices" that commanded Joan of Arc to save France and
is venerated as the
patroness of philosophers and preachers.
On St. Catherine's Day, it
is customary for unmarried women to pray for husbands, and to honor
women who've reached 25 years of age but haven't married -- called "Catherinettes"
in France. Pilgrimage is made to St. Catherine's statue, and she is
asked to intercede in finding husbands for the unmarried The French say
that before a girl reaches 25, she prays: "Donnez-moi, Seigneur, un
mari de bon lieu! Qu'il soit doux, opulent, libéral et agréable!"
(Lord, give me a well-situated husband. Let him be gentle, rich,
generous, and pleasant!") After 25, she prays: "Seigneur, un qui soit
supportable, ou qui, parmi le monde, au moins puisse passer!" (Lord,
one who's bearable, or who can at least pass as bearable in the world!")
And when she's pushing 30: "Un tel qu'il te plaira Seigneur, je m'en
contente!" ("Send whatever you want, Lord; I'll take it!"). An
English version goes,
Catherine, St Catherine, O lend me thine aid
And grant that I never may die an old maid.
it is customary traditional Cattern Cake on her feastday *
be confused with the Kattern cake , the persimmon cupcakes named after
Catherine of Aragon