A Garner of Saints – Saint Ulpha

statue of Saint Ulpha; date and artist unknown; cathedral of Amiens, France; swiped from Wikipedia CommonsArticle

Born near Soissons about the beginning of the eighth century. When still quite young she dedicated her virginity to God. Her parents, however, promised her in marriage to a young man, and when she heard of this she ran away. Near Amiens she came upon a place which seemed suitable for a hermitage, and that night she received a vision telling her to go and meet the man sent to her by God. This was Saint Domice, a priest and recluse, who was going to service at Amiens. Ulpha went to him, and throwing herself at his feet, begged him to take her under his care. Though an old man, Domice hesitated, but finally agreed, being warned by a vision, and Bishop Christian of Amiens gave Ulpha the veil of chastity and the ring. A cell was built for her near that of Domice, and he used to come and knock at the door, moming and evening, when they would walk together to the office, conversing of holy things. One morning when Domice knocked there was no answer, so that he went to the office alone. In the evening Ulpha reproached Domice for not coming, but when he declared that he had knocked without receiving an answer, she concluded that the croaking of the frogs in the marsh near by had prevented her from hearing it. Accordingly she imposed silence on the frogs there for evermore. When Domice fell sick she tended him, and received his last sigh. But God sent her another companion named Aurée, who came from Amiens to share her lot. Several other virgins imitated this example and soon Ulpha found herself at the head of a little community. After a short sickness she died about the middle of the eighth century and was buried in her cell. Her relics as well as those of Saint Domice were afterwards translated to the Cathedral of Amiens. 12th and 31st January.

Attributes

  • Habited as a virgin in the attitude of prayer, a frog near by.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Ulpha”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 April 2017. Web. 26 May 2017. <>