St. Genevieve was a fair and courageous peasant girl born around 422 in what is today France.

When Genevieve was seven-years-old, her bishop, St. Germanus, visited her town. While there, he noticed Genevieve. He foretold her future as a holy woman.

At her request, he led her to a church, and consecrated her to God as a virgin.

The next day, Germanus presented her with a medal to always wear around her neck, as a reminder of the consecration she made of herself to God.

Encouraged by Germanus, Genevieve dedicated her life to prayer, practices of devotion and acts of penance. When she was only 15-years-old, she met with the Bishop of Paris and asked to become a nun.

In 451, when Attila the Hun and his army came upon Paris, the people were prepared to run, but Genevieve convinced them to stay, fast and pray. She assured them they would have the protection of Heaven. Her prediction came true as Attila changed his course away from Paris.

Genevieve passed away at 89-years-old on January 3, 512.

Her relics were encased in a gold and silver shrine around 630.

Paris went on to experience proof of Genevieve’s intercession on many occasions. The most famous occurrence was the miracle of Des Ardens.

A violent fever swept Paris in 1129.

The shrine of Genevieve was carried in a procession to the cathedral, and during the ceremony, those who touched her shrine were cured. Throughout the whole town, no one else became sick.

St. Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris and her feast day is celebrated on January 3.

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