Saint Catherine of Alexandria – In Aid of Unwed Women


Saint Catherine, Saint Catherine,
O lend me thy aid.
And grant that I never shall die an old maid.

A husband, St. Catherine,
a good one, St. Catherine.
But anyone’s better than no one, St. Catherine.

A husband, St. Catherine,
young, St. Catherine,
handsome, St. Catherine,
nice, St. Catherine,
soon, St. Catherine!


Today is the feast of the martyr saint, patroness of philosophers and preachers, teachers, lace-makers, wheelwrights, spinsters, potters, librarians and archivists. In France, unmarried women were called Catharinettes when they reached the age of 25 – and special prayers were devised to ask for the saint’s intercession in the matter of finding a husband.




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