Feastday St. Walburga: February the 25th
When did St. Walburga live: Eight century
Biography of St. Walburga:
St. Walburga was born in Devonshire, England, around 710 a.D.. She was the sister of St. Willibald and Winebald. St. Walburga became a nun and in 748 a.D. she went to Germany to help St. Boniface in his missionary work. Her brother Winebald founded a monastery at Heidenheim for nuns and monks. After the death of Winebald, St. Walburga undertook the guide of the monastery and became superior of both men and women. She remained abbess until her death in 779 a.D.. On the first of May 870 her body was displaced to Eichstadt. According to old German legends the witches have their feasts on the May Day eve and that is why the night is called Walpurgis Night.
Statues and sculptures of St. Walburga - portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue represents St. Walburga dressed with a black habit of the Benedictines. Typically the sculptures represent St. Walburga with a baton, a book and a flask of oil. In Eichstadt, in Germany, a fluid substance poured out the tomb of St. Walburga and it is said that this liquid had medicative effects.
Patronage St. Walburga: Patron saint of country folk, of pets, her help is invoked for the thriving of field crops and in case of dog bites or canine madness.