This digital art print of Saints Victor and Corona is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, weddings, or Christmas.
Saints Victor and Corona have limited known histories; though Corona herself has gained popularity with the recent Coronavirus as the patron saint of epidemics and plagues. Until recently, Corona was actually never associated with plagues; but was in fact associated with treasure hunting and money. So how did she become known as the patron saint of plagues and epidemics? Is it only because of her name?
Victor was martyred in Roman Syria in around 170 AD. Victor, a Roman soldier and Christian, became an example for other Christians in the area. A Roman judge ordered Victor to be bound to a pillar and whipped. Despite his incredible pain throughout this ordeal, Victor never gave up his faith.
So where does Corona come in? After hearing about Victor’s death, Corona, a young girl--probably a wife of one of the other Roman soldiers and a Christian herself--announced her faith publicly in solidarity with Victor.
Corona’s martyrdom was as gruesome or possibly even more gruesome than that of Victor. Her two arms were bound to two palm trees that had been bent down to the ground. Once the trees were released, her body was torn in half with the force of the upright movement of the palm trees. Corona, like Victor, never gave up her faith despite the incredibly cruel way she was killed.
So again--why is Corona suddenly exalted as the patron saint of epidemics and plagues? Her history does not reveal any instance of plague or even illness. The connection between Corona and the recent Coronavirus epidemic (besides in name alone) is money. In a time where many people are out of work due to safety precautions in place around the world, we can pray to St. Corona for our financial wellbeing and economic stability ...Surely, she wouldn’t also mind carrying a few prayers for the health and safety of those suffering from illness.
- Feast Day: May 14
- Patronage: of Feltre; Castelfidardo