Helena, mother of Constantine I

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Saint Helena
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Eastern Orthodox icon of Saint Constantine the Great and his mother Saint Helena
Empress; Mother of Constantine the Great
Bornc. 250
Drepanum, Bithynia, Asia Minor
Diedc. late 329
Rome
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Churches
Oriental Orthodoxy
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
CanonizedPre-Congregation
Major shrineThe shrine to Saint Helena in Saint Peter's Basilica
FeastAugust 18 (Roman Catholic Church); May 21 (Lutheran & Orthodox Churches); May 19 (Lutheran Church); 9 Pashons (Coptic Orthodox Church)
AttributesCross
Patronagearcheologists, 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.[1] 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.

Helena's sarcophagus in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican Museums, Rome
Head relic of Saint Helena in the crypt of Trier cathedral

References[change | change source]

  1. Kienast, Dietmar; Eck, Werner; Heil, Matthäus (2017) [1990]. "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.