St. Walburga of Germany (+February 25, 777 or 779)
Commemorated May 1
St. Walburga was born into an aristocratic family in the county of Devonshire, England. Her father, St. Richard the Pilgrim, was one of the underkings of the West Saxons. Winna, her mother, was sister of St. Boniface, Apostle of Germany. St. Walburga had two brothers, St. Willibaldand St. Winibald.
St. Richard, when starting with his two sons on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, entrusted Walpurga, then 11 years old, to the abbess of Wimborne Abbey, Dorset, where she was educated by the nuns. She spent 26 years as a member of the community. She then travelled with her brothers, Willibald and Winibald, to Francia(now Württembergand Franconia) to assist St. Boniface, her mother's brother, in evangelizing among the still-pagan Germans. Because of her rigorous training, she was able to write her brother Winibald's vitaand an account in Latin of his travels in Palestine. As a result, she is often called the first female author of both England and Germany.
St. Walburga became a nun in the double monasteryof Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm, which was founded by her other brother, Willibald, who appointed her as his successor. Following his death in 751, she became the abbess.
St. Walburga, rather obscure in Holy Orthodoy, is highly venerated by German Roman Catholics and the shrine of her relics at the monastery of Benedictine nuns in Eichstaett, Germany regularly sends small vials of the water - called "Walburga's Oil" - which drips from her bones and is said to have healing properties when used with faith and prayer. Thus in the icon she is depicted holding one of those small vials.
I ordered both the laminated and the mounted on wood icons and am very pleased with both .. so pleased that I ordered more to give as gifts. The image is well done inviting respect and admiration.