A Garner of Saints – Saint Juliana

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Juliana of Nicomedia; created in 1889 by Glasmalerei Schneiders und Schmolz based on designs by Heinrich Wiethase; northern choir window of the Catholic Church of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint Andrew, Knechtsteden, Dormagan, Rhein-Kreis Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; photographed on 12 November 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click from source imageArticle

(Italian: Giuliana): Being betrothed to Eulogus, prefect of Nicomedia she refused to consummate their union unless he would become a Christian. Upon this her father caused her to be stripped and beaten, and afterwards delivered to the prefect. After the prefect had reasoned with her and found her firm, he first caused her to be beaten and then hung up by the hair while molten lead was poured on her head. But as she suffered no harm he cast her into prison loaded with chains. While she was there the devil appeared to her in the guise of an angel, declaring that he had been sent by God to direct her to sacrifice and suffer no more torments. Then she wept and prayed that God would show her who it was that thus advised her. At this she caught him and compelled him to tell her who he was. And he was obliged to confess that he was the devil. Then Juliana threw him to the ground, and after binding him with the chains that had been upon her, she beat him so that he besought her to have mercy upon him. The next day Juliana was taken out of prison, and she came dragging the devil after her, though he begged her not to make him ridiculous. And she took him as far as the market place and there cast him into a latrine. When she arrived before the prefect he caused her to be stretched on a wheel and all her bones were broken, but an angel descended and broke the wheel, healing her. On seeing this 500 men and 130 women were converted and immediately beheaded. After this the prefect caused her to be put into boiling oil, but she suflered no harm, and he cursed his gods who thus allowed him to be defied by a girl, while he gave orders that she should be beheaded. And as she knelt to receive the stroke, the devil whom she had chastised came up in the guise of a youth and urged them not to spare her, but when she opened her eyes and looked at him he fled away crying out that she wished to take and bind him once again. After the beheading of Juliana the prefect and 120 companions were drowned in a storm, but the sea threw up their bodies and they were devoured by birds and beasts. 16th February.

Attributes

  • Holds a chained demon, or tramples on a demon.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Juliana”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 April 2017. Web. 22 September 2017. <>