Did you know that there is a real-life St. Corona? She was a young saint, whose name appears in the Roman martyrology and the Hagiography of the Church. Little is known about her, but some texts say she was the one who comforted St. Victor, her husband’s fellow soldier, when he was tortured.
Corona was arrested for helping Victor and was tied to two bending palm trees. She
was reportedly torn apart when the trunks were released. (Read: How Long Does a Pandemic Usually Last?)
Today, people usually pray to St. Corona for monetary wishes. But in actuality, she is a patron saint of epidemics and pandemics. As a matter of fact, people nowadays pray to her amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. But contrary to popular belief, the virus was not named after her.
Seek St. Corona’s intercession with this short prayer!
A Prayer to St. Corona in a Time of Pandemic
Lord Jesus Christ, You came into this world for our salvation. Look kindly on us now, we pray, that we, and all those who serve You, might be kept safe from this epidemic.
Heal those who are sick, comfort the suffering, bring back those who have gone astray, and above all, increase our faith, O Lord.
Give us the grace to follow You and, like the martyr St. Corona, who gave her life for love of You, to take up our crosses daily without fear or hesitation.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
St. Corona, patroness of epidemic victims, pray for us.