When she was about seven years old, St. Germanus of Auxerre (July 31) noticed her as he was
|St. Germanus of Auxerre|
When it was reported that Attila the Hun was approaching Paris, Genevieve and the other nuns prayed and fasted, entreating God to spare the city. Suddenly, the barbarians turned away from Paris and went off in another direction.
Years later, when she was 15, Genevieve was taken to Paris to enter the monastic life. Through fasting, vigil and prayer, she progressed in
|St. Genevieve Calming the Parisians on the |
Approach of Attila by Jules-Elie Delaunay.
St. Genevieve considered the Saturday night Vigil service to be very important, since it symbolizes how our whole life should be. “We must keep vigil in prayer and fasting so that the Lord will find us ready when He comes,” she said. She was on her way to church with her nuns one stormy Saturday night when the wind blew out her lantern. The nuns could not find their way without a light, since it was dark and stormy, and the road was rough and muddy. St Genevieve made the Sign of the Cross over the lantern, and the candle within was lit with a bright flame. In this manner they were able to make their way to the church for the service.
There is a tradition that the church which St. Genevieve suggested that King Clovis build in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul became her own resting place when she fell asleep in the Lord
In the Middle Ages, St Genevieve was regarded as the patron saint of wine makers.
The tomb of St. Genevieve located in St. Etienne du Mont in Paris.
You can also read "St. Genevieve of Paris" by Mary Xenia Fagan to older children or young adults.
A family activity to do together to honor St. Genevieve would to assist at a food bank or collect food items to give to the poor just like she did!
Finally, bake a loaf of french bread to remember the bread that St. Genevieve gave to the hungry with your family and sing her troparion: