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Monday, May 5, 2014

St. Jutta - Easter: May 5th

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Historically today is the feast of Bl. Jutta (Judith) of Russia. She was a Thuringian of a noble family whose husband lost his life crusading in the Holy Land, and who, after providing for her children, became a recluse. She is venerated as the patroness of Russia.

Jutta was of the noble family of Sangerhausen in Saxony. She married young, and her husband died on a pilgrimage to Palestine. She had several children, all of whom embraced a religious life, in various Orders. After the death of her husband, Jutta devoted herself for a time to the care of the sick, especially lepers, and was favored with visions.

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