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September 1


Saint of the day:
Saint Verena (Switzerland) Orthodox

Patron Saint of lighthouse keepers, of poor; sick; lepers; young girls, nurses

Saint Verena's Story

St. Verena came from a noble Christian family from the region of Thebes (Luxor). They advised her to go to Bishop Sherimon of Beni Suef, who instructed her in the Christian faith and later baptized her. St. Verena joined the Theban legion on its mission to Switzerland; the soldier’s relatives were allowed to accompany them in order to look after their needs and attend to the wounded. She was a close relative of St.Maurice. After St. Maurice and his legion were martyred, she led an isolated and hermitic life of fasting and prayer. God performed many miracles through her.

The saint served as a spiritual guide for young girls. Since she was a nurse, she also looked after their physical well-being. As a result of her fame, the ruler arrested her and sent her to jail, where St. Maurice appeared to her to console and strengthen her. After she was released from prison, she traveled to several regions. God continued to perform miracles through her. She also led many people to the Christian faith.

St. Verena was also fond of serving the poor, often feeding them. She tended to the sick, especially those suffering from leprosy. She lovingly treated their wounds fearless of their contagious disease. At the time of her departure, the Holy Virgin Mary appeared to her to strengthen her. She departed this life and went to live with the Lord on the 4th day of the Coptic month of Toot. In 1986, a delegation from St. Verena Church in Zurzach, Switzerland, brought her holy relics to Egypt. May her prayers be with us and her love and service to others be planted within us.







Saint Verena's Church in Switzerland, brought to Egypt a part of Saint Verena's relics.


Saint Verena’s Church in Cairo, which was consecrated by Pope Shenouda III on February 22, 1994.

 Saint Verena's Coptic Church in Anaheim, California traveled to Switzerland to bring a part of Saint Verena's relics to Anaheim.
Her church, now located in Yorba Linda, California, now has a shrine dedicated to her relic.





 Switzerland is just an amazing country. We loved visiting and I hope to return often.  We visited Bern (clock), Lucerne/Luzern (Chapel Bridge) 

and Lauterbrunnen (cow) all were just lovely. We loved waking to the sounds of cow bells!  

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What will we eat today, Swiss Cheese, Rosti, Chocolate, Double Cream all sounds amazing but we are going to enjoy...


Zurcher Veal 


  • 2 lbs veal cutlets, sliced into 1/2 in strips

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 7 ounces cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced 

  • teaspoon fresh lemon zest, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • cup dry white wine

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • paprika (optional) TT

  • sea salt & freshly TT

  • ground black pepper TT

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (to serve)


  1. Sprinkle the our over the veal strips, and coat well.

  2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, melt half of the butter and half of the oil and as soon as the butter foams, immediately add the meat and quickly brown on all sides. Set aside meat to a dish and cover with foil to keep warm.

  3. Add remaining butter and oil to pan and sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. Now stir in the mushrooms and lemon zest and cook until mushrooms begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the wine to deglaze the bottom of the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits. Stir in the veal (and juices!) and cook over low heat for another 10 minutes.

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