Toledo, Virgin - 11th Century
King al-Mamún of Toledo, St. Casilda visited a
shrine of St. Vincent in Briviesca, Burgos, seeking a
cure for a flux of blood. She was cured, took
baptism, and became an anchorite in a nearby hermitage,
where she lived for the remainder of her life.
A traditional story of St. Casilda's life as a Moorish
princess has her taking a basket of bread to Christian
prisoners in Toledo. Challenged by her father, she claimed
the basket contained only roses, When it was uncovered,
the bread had miraculously turned into roses. Similar
stories are told of St.Elizabeth
of Hungary and St.
is a basket of roses.
At left: "Santa Casilda ante
su padre" - Choir, Burgos Cathedral
Feast day: April 9
"St. Casilda" -
Francisco de Zurbarán, 1630-35