Helena, mother of Constantine I
Eastern Orthodox icon of Saint Constantine the Great and his mother Saint Helena
|Empress; Mother of Constantine the Great|
Drepanum, Bithynia, Asia Minor
|Died||c. late 329|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
Eastern Orthodox Churches
|Major shrine||The shrine to Saint Helena in Saint Peter's Basilica|
|Feast||August 18 (Roman Catholic Church); May 21 (Lutheran & Orthodox Churches); May 19 (Lutheran Church); 9 Pashons (Coptic Orthodox Church)|
|Patronage||archeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, empresses, Helena, the capital of Montana|
Flavia Julia Helena (Ancient Greek: Ἑλένη, romanized: Helénē; AD c. c. 250 – c. 329), or Saint Helena was Constantine the Great's mother and a Roman empress (Latin: augusta). Helena was a wife or concubine of Constantius I before he became a Roman emperor. In Christianity, Helena is a saint because Christian historians during Late Antiquity wrote that she found the relics of the True Cross in Jerusalem. Helena's tomb was the Mausoleum of Helena outside Rome.
References[change | change source]
- Kienast, Dietmar; Eck, Werner; Heil, Matthäus (2017) . "Constantin I. (25. Juli 306– 22. Mai 337)". Römische Kaisertabelle: Grundzüge einer römischen Kaiserchronologie (in German) (6th ed.). Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG). pp. 286–295. ISBN 978-3-534-26724-8.