St. Notburga – (Sep.14)

Sep 13, 2012 by

September 14

Saint Notburga

 Patron Saint of Agricultural Workers,

Peasants, Servers, Waitresses



September 14


agricultural workers

farm workers


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Extract from St. Notburga: “Patroness of servants and peasants, b. c. 1265 at Rattenberg on the Inn; d. c. 16 September, 1313. She was cook in the family of Count Henry of Rothenburg, and used to give food to the poor. But Ottilia, her mistress, ordered her to feed the swine with whatever food was left. She, therefore, saved some of her own food, especially on Fridays, and brought it to the poor. One day, according to legend, her master met her, and commanded her to show him what she was carrying. She obeyed, but instead of the food he saw only shavings, and the wine he found to be vinegar. Hereupon Ottilia dismissed her, but soon fell dangerously ill, and Notburga remained to nurse her and prepared her for death. Notburga then entered the service of a peasant in the town of Eben, on condition that she be permitted to go to church evenings before Sundays and festivals. One evening her master urged her to continue working in the field. Throwing her sickle into the air she said: ‘Let my sickle be judge between me and you,’ and the sickle remained suspended in the air. . . . ” See PICTURE of Saint Notburga. See also: Santa Notburga: la santa dei contadini piu importante del Tirolo (IT).

Extract from Saint Notburga: “Born to a peasant family. Worked as a kitchen maid at the house of Count Henry of Rattenberg at age 18. The count’s wife, Ottilia, ordered Notburga to feed leftover food to the house swine; she gave it to the poor instead. Warned about her behavior, Nortburga fed the leftovers to the pigs, and gave much of her own food to the poor. Ottilia saw this as a form of disobedience, and dismissed her. Worked as a servant for a farmer in Eben am Achensee, Austria. However, when her the lady Ottilia died, the count re-hired her, and she spent the rest of her life as a servant in his house. Worked with the poor. Miracle worker. Miracle stories are an integral part of Notburga’s life. . . .” See PICTURE of Saint Notburga. See also Notburga (Multilingual), Santa Notburga (Sp)Santa Notburga di Eben,  Domestica (It), Sw. Notburga z Eben (Po)VIDEOSEBEN / ACHENSEE (A) – Pfarr- und Wallfahrtskirche St. Notburga – Plenum, 120Sekunden – heilige Notburga (Ger).



The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Notburga on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Fooding in South Africa (January 2011) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 31 – February 13, 2011.

Monsoons in India (Fall, 20910) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 27 – October 10, 2010.


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