are told that you were born near Paris
in the 5th century, and that when you were only seven,
Bishop Germain, later a saint,
saw you in a crowd while preaching
and foretold your extraordinary holiness.
Strong-willed in adulthood, we learn also
that with Attila the Hun marching toward Paris, you
convinced the citizens to fast
and to besiege heaven with their prayers,
and suddenly the barbarian turned his armies in another
direction, and Paris was spared.
You were a champion for the poor, the sick, the unemployed
and the abandoned, and you lived always with clear goals
and an unflinching will to achieve them.
icon image shows you with a loaf of bread because you
were generous in feeding
those in need. Help me to be generous
to the poor, as you were.
your portrait you are shown wearing
symbolizing your consecration
Let me be reminded often of my allegiance
to Our Creator as well.
are pictured with a candle which is said in legend to
have remained lit as you walked through dark streets
to church, even though the devil attempted to extinguish
Help me, Genevieve, to keep the candle
of faith always lighted in my heart.
wore the humble dress of a shepherdess because when
you were growing up
you tended to flocks.
Let me remember always my beginnings
and my origins which gave me the character which I have,
and the faith which I treasure.
me always to have the strength to follow your good example,
and please, Genevieve, intercede for me at the court
of Our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
you saved Paris, please save me!
this I pray of you,