Empress Helen

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St. Empress Helen was known for her kindness and simplicity of life.  The pious woman wore humble clothing and often served food and distributed presents to the poor.

In Rome, on Greek island Paros, and in the Holy Land, the Empress founded numerous churches.  Many of them survived to this day.    

The holy Empress went to the Lord in 327, at the age of about 84.  Her son, Emperor Constantine, was present at the time of her death.  He named a town in Asia Minor in memory of his mother – Helenopolis.  (The town, located in present-day Turkey, has a different name now.)  St. Constantine outlived his mother by ten years and was buried in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, which they had founded together.

According to legend, St. Helen was the daughter of the British king Cole.  He raised Helen to be queen, as she had no brothers.