Invoked in Time of Drought
St. Solange, the patroness of the province of Berry in France, was born at Villemont near Bourges in the 9th century. After the example of her poor devout parents, the child was deeply religious and at the age of seven she is said to have taken a vow of chastity.
Given the task of looking after the family sheep, Solange obtained a great affinity for and power over animals. This saintly virgin also was endowed with the power of healing and affected many cures of the sick. Her fame spread and everyone became aware of her beauty and holiness.
One day about the year 880, while Solange was tending her flock, one of the sons of the Count of Poitiers named Bernard approached and made advances toward her. Her resistance only served to inflame the attacker all the more, and he attempted to set her on the horse he was riding. The young girl twisted free and slid off the horse but was seriously injured by the fall. Driven by a demonic fury, the youth then thrust his sword into her, killing her on the spot.
In 1281, an altar was erected in her honor in the cemetery of the Church of St. Martin-du-Cross, as a result of the legend that Solange has arisen after being stabbed and carried her head in her hands up to that Church. Also, a field in which she used to pray was given name: “The Field of St. Solange.” She is invoked in time of drought.
PRAYER: Lord God, You showed heavenly gifts on St. Solange. Help us to imitate her virtues during our earthly life and enjoy eternal happiness with her in heaven. Amen.