Today the Church remembers the life and ministry of Elizabeth of Hungary (7 July 1207 to 17 November 1231), a princess who was concerned with the poor and the sick. She was married at the age of 14 and widowed at the age of 20. After her husband's death she sent her children away and regained her dowry, using the money to build a hospital where she herself served the sick. During an epidemic, Elizabeth sold all of her jewels to build a hospital. That is why so many hospitals are named after her. Elizabeth is an example of selflessness and generosity to those who are vulnerable, the poor and the sick.
Let us pray: Almighty God, by your grace your servant Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world: Grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King and our own Thanksgiving Day celebration at St. Augustine’s.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, and especially the people of Paris.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550