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Santa Rosalia Di Palermo Honored With Procession Through Boston’s North End [Photos]

Santa Rosalia Di Palermo was honored today with a mass and street procession through Boston’s North End. St. Rosalie is the patron saint of Palermo, Italy and also known as The Little Saint. The society was formed in Boston in 1939.

The story of Saint Rosalia: Rosalia was born of a noble family descended from Charlemagne before being led by angels to a solitarylife in a cave on Mount Pellegrino where she died alone in 1166. On the cave wall she wrote “I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses, and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ.” In 1624, during a plague in Palermo, Rosalia appeared to a sick woman and then to a hunter to whom she directed to find her remains. In a procession of her bones through the city, the plague was lifted.

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