Saint Regina

Saint Regina (also known as Saint Reine, died in 386), virgin and martyr. Saint Regina is the patroness of poor people, shepherdesses, and torture victims.

Regina was born in the third century in eastern France. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, Clement Alise, a wealthy pagan. He placed her in the care of a Christian nurse, who secretly baptized her. When her father learned of her Christianity, he threw her out of the house and forced her to live with the nurse who raised her.

Regina dedicated herself to God in a vow of virginity in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Due to the family’s poverty, Regina helped out by working as a shepherdess in the hills.

When she was fifteen, the local prefect, Olybrius, was riding by the field where she was with her sheep. He saw her beauty, sensed her nobility but was annoyed by her holiness. He intended to marry her and asked her to deny her Faith as a Catholic. When she refused to do so, and when her clear, pure eyes challenged his lewdness and lasciviousness, and when she refused to violate her vow of virginity and would not sacrifice to idols, he had her beaten, burned with red-hot plates and pincers and iron combs. He finally had her throat cut and beheaded at Alesia in the diocese of Autun, called Alise-Sainte-Reine after her.

So did this little child with the queenly name enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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