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St. Solangia, Martyr, of France

Commemorated on May 10

St. Solangia was a shepherdess in France who was very beautiful. In 880, the Count of Auvergne offered her his hand in marriage. When she declined, he seized her, intending to carry her to his castle. However, as they approached a stream, Solangia threw herself on the ground. The count became upset, drew his sword and cut off her head, but Solangia caught it in her hands, pronouncing the name of Jesus three times.

Solangia carried her head from Villemont to St. Martin du Cros, where she was buried. In the early tenth century, an altar was erected at the cemetery in her honor.

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