Icons of St. Genevieve,
Eldress and Wonder-Worker of Paris
Feast Days: January 3 (repose)
and October 28 (translation)
St. Genevieve was one of the
great ascetics of the fifth-sixth centuries. This holy old woman
received a delegation from St. Simeon Stylites, who had learned of her
greatness during prayers and had sent them to her with words of
greeting, asking her for her prayers for his salvation.
Top Icon: with embedded holy
Relic of the Saint, by the hand of iconographer Janet Jaime. Courtesy
of the iconographer.
Next Icon: the main icon of
Russian Orthodox parish "Our Lady Joy of All That Sorrow and St.
Genevieve," in Paris, France.
Next Icon: icon with embedded
relic, at St. Nicholas Monastery, N. Ft. Myers, Florida.
Next Icon: produced by Holy
Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York (ROCOR)
Icon: of unknown provenance.
Next Icon: of unknown
Next Icon: by the hand of Fr.
Gregory Abu-Asali, Buena Vista, Colorado.
Next Icon: by the hand of
iconographer Elisabeth Lamour.
above: Hieromoine Cassien, Greek Old Calendar Hermitage, Clara, France
Icon from Greek Old Calendarist Hermitage,
St. Genevieve is on the left, holding the re-lit candle.
with Slavonic inscription ("Holy Venerable Genoveva) by Monk Gregory
Genevieve's shrine, Paris.
above: The Tomb of St. Genevieve, in
the church of
case with some relics of St. Genevieve.
The icon of Sts. Simeon Stylites & Genevieve was donated to this
church by Orthodox Christians.
Holy Well of St.
Genevieve at Vodelle in Belgium. Thanks to Jean-Michel Dossogne.
English liturgical books show the following special texts for the feast
of St. Genevieve, Jan. 3--
of this young maid,
To which the hierarch Germanus bare witness,
And that which he foresaw in spirit
The outcome of her life hath proven.
suspended a coin of bronze
Upon her virginal bosom,
To be a seal of her virginity,
As it bare the insignia of the Cross.
By the offering up of the Gifts,
Making her a temple of the Holy Spirit,
Under a covenant made with Christ.
the innocent one,
Her mother is deprived of sight,
The virgin, mindful of her motherís grief,
Giveth her the sight of pristine vision.
Brake her body with fastings
And, watering the land with her tears,
She rejoiced in a continuous martyrdom.
the guiding of her heavenly Master,
She illumined both the skies and the abyss,
And by the struggle of her prayers
She kept her people from a barbarous nation.
She alleviated the workmenís thirst,
And restored unto his grief-struck mother
Her only son, crippled by a mishap.
the first prayer of this virgin
The demons all tremble in terror;
Peace is granted to the demoniacs,
Hope to the sick, forgiveness to the guilty.
By the grace of heaven,
By her the coursing of the river
Returneth to the bounds of its river-bed.
her righteous prayers,
She maketh the holy fire a cooling breeze,
She who first had conquered in herself
The burning of the inner kindling-wood.
Diseases and the elements,
Thus Genevieve, by her prayers,
Surpasseth the laws of Nature.
The mighty works of Christís power.
For miracles so great, let there be unto Christ
Continual praising and unceasing glory.
Rite Missal (c) 1998 St. Hilarion Press