Saint of the Day – 15 October – Saint Aurelia of Strasbourg (Died 1027) Virgin Recluse, Princess Died on 15 October 1027 at Regensburg, Gemany of natural causes. Aurelia’s name means – “she who shines like gold,.” Patronage – against fever. Also known as – Aurelia of Ratisbon, Aurelia of Regensburg.
Aurelia was a Princess of the Hugo Capet family, who fled to Alsace to escape from marriage and lived as a Recluse. Only Bishop Wolfgang of Ratisbon knew of her hermitage and he cared for her spiritual and material welfare.
Royal documents from the 10th century validate the existence of a Church built over the crypt in which the tomb of Saint Aurelia was situated. The Church was dedicated to Aurelia and her tomb was highly revered by the faithful, during the Middle Ages. Aurelia was invoked particularly for help in cases of fever.
After the Protestant Reformation, the aforementioned Church passed into the hands of the Lutherans, who in 1524 desecrated the Saint’s tomb and disposed of the relics but without succeeding in eliminating the cult that remains alive to this day.