Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Eulalia, Virgin and Martyr

detail of a bas-relief of the flagellation of Santa Eulalia; by Bartolomé Ordóñez, 1520; back choir of the Cathedral of Barcelona, Spain; photographed by Magnificus; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

A young Spanish virgin, a native of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia, in the persecution of the emperor Diocletian, gave herself up to the tyrant Dacian, professing her faith in Christ, and upbraiding her judge for his cruelty. She was thereupon subjected to the most barbarous atrocities; but miracles were wrought even during these tortures, for the fire which was applied to the martyr either failed to burn her. pure flesh or was turned against her tormentors. She finally, however, yielded up her virgin soul amid the flames, ascending to God in the shape of a gentle bird; and her body having been cast to the beasts, was so protected by a supernatural cloud that the Christians were able to bear it safely away.

And rack and torture shall be wreathed with roses,
  And death be painless when it leads to Thee;
  For men shall see how strong that soul can be
Which on Thy strength reposes.
    – from “Domus Dei”

Favorite Practice – To fear not them that kill the body, but to fear Him who can destroy both body and soul.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Eulalia, Virgin and Martyr”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 April 2021. Web. 17 April 2021. <>