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Friday 1 November 2013

Happy Birthday, Grand Duchess Elizabeth

Happy Birthday, Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, who was born on All Saints Day 1864 and named after her ancestor St Elizabeth of Hungary. The lives of the two Elizabeths were to bear a remarkable similarity. Both were princesses who lived through turbulent times and, following the deaths of their husbands, sold all they had to care for the poor. Both became saints.
The earlier Saint Elizabeth said:
“I want to be able to say You were hungry and I gave you food; thirsty and I gave you drink; naked and I clothed you; sick and I came to you; in prison and I visited you...”
The sentiment was echoed by Grand Duchess Elizabeth.

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