St Dymphna of Gheel


Icon image from WSIP, by the hand of Mother Justina, St. Elizabeth Convent, Etna, California; another Orthodox icon by Nicholas Papas at Come & See Icons.

Today (15 May) we commemorate St Dymphna, Virgin Martyr, Patron of Gheel, and of mad and possessed persons [not my phrase – emotionally disturbed and mentally ill persons, and those with neurological disorders, also come under her special interest]. From Miss Dunbar:

According to Husenbeth, she is represented in four ways : (1) beheaded by a king her father (Callot) ; (2) sword in hand (Iconographie) ; (3) leading the devil bound (Die Attribute) ; (4) kneeling at mass, her father murdering the priest (Solitudo).

To escape from the guilty love of her father, she fled to Antwerp with Gerebern, a priest, and her father’s jester and his wife. They went to the village of Ghele, and settled near the church…

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