New Print: St. Elizabeth of Hungary

   It was a beautiful little mountain church-- not in Europe, but the Ozarks, that first introduced me to St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
   The catholic church of that name is nestled into the wooded hills of Arkansas was a stop on a visit to see family in the area, and I was captivated by the beautiful garden, the sweet chapel, and the statue of the young woman at the top of the path leading down to it all.

   That statue was of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who through fragments of stories I've learned was a beautiful and kindhearted princess, born in Hungary and married to a Germanic prince.
   Faithful since childhood, young Elizabeth and her betrothed had a loving relationship that led to an increase in both their faiths, and three children.
   Elizabeth, as affluent as she was, was determined to spend her time caring for others--- especially the sick and poor near where she lived. She built a hospital at the foot of the mountain of her castle-- Wartburg Castle in modern-day Germany, and after her husband's death she devoted herself entirely to caring for the sick and less fortunate.

   There are many tales associated with Elizabeth--- about her sneaking food, such as bread, out to the poor and when being questioned about it by those who didn't agree with this practice, the bread she carried turned to roses.
  I am happy to share that prints of this painting are now available in my etsy shop! They are professionally printed on linen paper and would make a sweet gift for anyone who admires this popular saint.

   To celebrate the completion of this painting and its promise of spring (how I enjoyed painting roses and look forward to blooms again!) I am giving away a FREE PRINT to a lucky winner. All you need to do is comment on THIS POST--- tell me why you'd like to have St. Elizabeth in your home!

  I would love it too if you shared this post on your facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. and if you do--- let me know! Leave an additional comment and increase your chances of winning!

  I'll choose a winner on Thursday February 11. Best of luck!~
~H

94 comments

  1. Elizabeth is a new saint to me and I love her story. Your new painting is so rich with beautiful details and colors too. I would love to win this print because it would be not only a joy to look at but a reminder of how I need to always find more ways to give to those in need. This would be a perfect Lenten print to focus on in 2016.

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  2. St. Elizabeth of Hungary is my confirmation saint. She is an amazing example of Christ's love and how to give to those in need. I love teaching my girls about the different saints and having beautiful prints of saints around our house are fantastic reminders to all of us to strive to live like the saints.

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  3. Oh, my daughter loves this saint! I'd love for her to have this in her room! Beautiful job!

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  4. I love your work and found this print as I was looking for artwork featuring the saint my children are named for. My second daughter is named after St Elizabeth and I would love this for her room! Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

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  5. Elizabeth of Hungary is super-special to me: she is one of my 4mo daughter's name-saints, given in honour of my beloved paternal grandmother Elizabeth who died on the feast of Elizabeth of Hungary two years ago. Plus, I love holy princesses! And saints who were happily married!

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  6. I would love this print for my daughter Elisabeth who is making her First Communion this April and is such an admirer of the Saint and her story.

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  7. This print is absolutely beautiful! St. Elizabeth of Hungary is my patron, and one of my lovely daughter's patrons as well. Roses in the Snow is one of our favorite books and it's all about her! Having this beautiful image in our home would be so helpful in reminding us the importance of alms giving during lent. :-)

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  8. I so love your work, it speaks to me. I would love this print for my two daughters bedroom. They love playing princesses, and I want their knowledge of princesses to include women like Elizabeth! And for their play space to have a visual reminder of our call and the need of us to minister to those around us.

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  9. Ps. I shared your post on Instagram (@ecmallory) Facebook (Elizabeth Mallory) and Twitter (@lilflowerdoula) :-)

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  10. She's beautiful, Heather! Great job! My daughter really loves St. Elizabeth so I think she'd love it in her room!

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  11. I love your work! Received one print for Christmas (a nativity) but as a new Catholic convert, I have zip, zero, nada Saint prints hanging. So pick me! ;)

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  12. I'd love St Elizabeth in my home because strong women saints are models we try to show our daughters. Also, she is the namesake of my paternal grandmother.

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  13. I'd love to have this beautiful St Elizabeth in our home because my daughters are very intrigued by her and her story and would love to have her displayed in their room. My older daughter even chose to dress as her for an All Saints Day party last fall. My younger daughter, who is only 4, asks any Elizabeth she meets if she is from Hungary.

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  14. She reminds me of my daughter who has such a heart for the less fortunate that she constantly challenges me and give whatever we don't need to the poor.

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  15. She reminds me of my daughter who has such a heart for the less fortunate that she constantly challenges me and give whatever we don't need to the poor.

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  16. We love having icons and images of the saints about our home, not only to increase our devotion to them, and through them to Christ, but also to set examples for ourselves and our daughter to look to as we seek to conform our lives the the mercy of God. St Elizabeth is a beautiful example of this mercy, and you've captured her generous heart so wonderfully.

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  17. My oldest daughter chose St. Elizabeth of Hungary to dress up as during Catholic Schools week one year and we keep running across references to her since. My Lily loved the story of St. Elizabeth's roses and I know that she would love having this hung in our home .

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  18. My oldest daughter chose St. Elizabeth of Hungary to dress up as during Catholic Schools week one year and we keep running across references to her since. My Lily loved the story of St. Elizabeth's roses and I know that she would love having this hung in our home .

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  19. I would love to win this print, to hang in my granddaughters room. She is soon to be 9 and has had over 30 surgeries. This sweet child has faith and courage beyond her years. We love to share stories with her about saints such as St Elizabeth and her great love

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  20. When I saw you were painting Elizabeth, I immediately told my 4 year old daughter Julilana. She LOVES St. Elizabeth of Hungary as it was her flipped Halloween / All Saints Day costume - we did Susan Pevensie of Narnia for 10/31 and St. Eliz for 11/1. She has told me she wants an Elizabeth of Hungary doll and is so taken with her. Such a beautiful model of royalty, motherhood, and radical generosity - and a great model for the year of Mercy. We are house hunting for our first home and she'd be the perfect addition to the girls' room when we do purchase. Hope you get lots of orders - if we don't win you'll likely be getting one from us in a few months!

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  21. My husband was born in the US to Two brave Hungarian immigrants who escaped communist invasion of Hungary with their two young children, the clothes on their back, and possibly a hidden loaf of contraband bread. Including his mom, we have four namesakes in the extended family. Needless to say, Saint Elizabetn of Hungary is much loved in the Alpar family. I keep an image of her in my kitchen to remind me to be generous to others. Thank you for your beautiful, inspiring work!

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  22. Shared on two of my Facebook pages

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  23. She is truly a saint to live up too! Full of faith, hope and charity. God help me to be more like her. St. Elizabeth pray for us!

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  24. She is truly a saint to live up too! Full of faith, hope and charity. God help me to be more like her. St. Elizabeth pray for us!

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  25. Anyone who wins this beautiful print will be blessed by it in their home! My daughter is named Elizabeth, after St. John the Baptist's mother, and this would make a lovely gift for her for Easter. I found out about you through the Shower of Roses blog, your St. Brigid print was the highlight of her post, and I have been hoping to get it someday soon. Thank you for your generous giveaway and God bless!

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  26. Because it's beautiful :) I love her example!

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  27. We love St. Elizabeth. My children are fascinated about the story of her life.

    Donna Marie
    child of mary2002 (at] yahoo {dot) com

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  28. I shared your post on Facebook.

    Donna Marie
    child of mary2002 (at] yahoo {dot) com

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  29. I absolutely love your work. You have such a gift. I haven't been able to purchase any of your prints yet, but I'd love to have this one. St. Elizabeth is so inspiring, and it would be nice to brighten up the bare walls of our little apartment living room with it. :)

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  30. I would love this because my God children are part Hungarian and because it's beautiful!

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  31. I love this saint and just recently made a rag doll of her. You can see her on my etsy store. Www.etsy.com/shop/Jacobstoyboxandbooks

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  32. I would love to win this for my daughter, as it is her patron saint.

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  33. Love your art so much! I would love to have this print in my home because we are just beginning to dive into the saints with our children and my four year old has really connected with the story of St. Elizabeth!

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  34. Being raised an evangelical Christian, I don't know much about anyone other than St Patrick but I'm learning more. This story is beautiful. I love this Saint as I feel I would do the same as she. The painting portrays the story beautifully.

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  35. Love st Elizabeth. And we love your work. We would love this in our home and teach the children by her example

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  36. I love this saint and just recently made a rag doll of her. You can see her on my etsy store. Www.etsy.com/shop/Jacobstoyboxandbooks

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  37. My daughters love stories of Princess Saints. And I love to offer them images of holy princesses for them to ponder. My six year old dressed up as St Elizabeth this year for our All Saints party. She would love this print.

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  38. Shares on Facebook in our Naturally Catholic group.

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  39. She's my confirmation saint! This would be great in our kitchen :)

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  40. She's my confirmation saint! This would be great in our kitchen :)

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  41. Oh lovely! Saint Elizabeth is my daughter's favorite saint! kirimiller(at)comcast (dot) net

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  42. I'd love to have this in my classroom! I teach religion to middle schoolers, grades 6-8. One of the highlights is getting to guide the students through the process is selecting a Saint for Confirmation. St. Elizabeth of Hungary is a saint the kids love to learn more about. Great work, she's beautiful!

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  43. I'd love to have this in my classroom! I teach religion to middle schoolers, grades 6-8. One of the highlights is getting to guide the students through the process is selecting a Saint for Confirmation. St. Elizabeth of Hungary is a saint the kids love to learn more about. Great work, she's beautiful!

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  44. I've grown to love St Elizabeth of Hungry, the baby daughter that I lost had been due on her feast day. Ever since, I have been drawn to St Elizabeth and celebrate her feast day each year as away of remembering my daughter.

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  45. Shared on my blog facebook page, also.

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  46. So beautiful! I have a lovely stand with our Christmas Novena prayer displayed, time to bring in some spring! Would love to display her on our little oratory table? Thanks for the chance.

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  47. I love your work, Heather, and your blog. The Southwestern style "Madonna & Child" I purchased from your Etsy shop is the pride of my new son's room! I can't what to see what other saints you decide to portray!

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  48. My daughter LOVES St. Elizabeth of Hungary. We even have a special meal every year on her feast day. She is four and caught me looking at this post and got all excited. It's beautiful!

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  49. Your style of artwork is beautiful, Heather, and this is no exception. St Elizabeth is a wonderful saint and you have captured her so well. The work would look great in my home (or any other) because it radiates beauty, goodness, peace, generosity and sanctity, and would serve as a reminder that such traits and virtues are achievable for all of us!

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  50. I love, love, love your artwork and this is one of our daughter's favorite saints - so it would make a wonderful gift for her! I'll share on my personal page and my business page! (Saintly Seasons)

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  51. I love the story of St. Elizabeth! and I love your art!

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  52. St Elizabeth is my daughter's patron saint this year. She would love this!

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  53. I shared your post on FB too!!

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  54. I love this picture and I love the story of St. Elizabeth!

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  55. This is beautiful and would be so lovely as a birthday present for my own Elizabeth.

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  56. Would love to win for my daughter Elizabeth!

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  57. I would love to win this for my daughter whose patron saint is St. Elizabeth of Hungary! It is beautiful!

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  58. It's lovely and inspiring art! My children know about and admire St. Elizabeth.

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  59. I'd love to give this to my sister Elizabeth-- it's her patron saint!

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  60. This so reminds me of my Hungarian grandmother, Elizabeth. I am captivated by the whole thing but mostly the kind expression on the elderly woman in the babushka. I can see my grandmother in her

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  61. I love the simplicity and whimsy of your artwork! I didn't grow up in a church that necessarily revered the saints (I've grown up Protestant), but their stories are fascinating. And St. Elizabeth of Hungary exemplifies something I've always striven for--living with eyes open to the needs of others, even those right in front of you (which, as I've been considering missionary work, is more important to live out than ever).

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  62. We have many Elizabeth's in the family. Beautiful!

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  63. I always love your work. One of the most beautiful treasures in our Catholic church is the communion of Saints. We love to surrounds our living room & bedrooms with the image of the Saints, to have their intercessions & communion. This Elizabeth of Hungary painting will be beautiful for this purpose!

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  64. She's long been a favorite of mine! I'd love to have your beautiful art on my wall. I think it's so important to surround our family with examples or our rich Catholic faith. What a great example! Plus, beautiful art is yet another way to lift hearts to God.

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  65. I love your artwork and I would love to add it to my home. It's very beautiful.

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  66. My Hungarian great grandmother was named for St. Elizabeth. It is also my mother's name. Her story was always a favorite of mine. I'd always turn to her story in one of the little books of saints in my schools library and stare in awe at the miracle depicted in the illustration.

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    1. I meant mothers middle name! Don't want to be misleading! And I must add your artwork is absolutely wonderful!

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  67. I would love it for my children's room... what a beautiful print and a beautiful Saint!!

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  68. She is absolutely lovely! I would be honored to hang her in our home!

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  69. I've liced St.Elizabeth of Hungry since I first read her story. What a beautiful print!

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  70. I would like this print of St. Elizabeth because it is beautiful and the Saints are very dear to me. I cannot get enough of them and they inspire me to grow closer to God and help point me in the right direction.

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  71. I would like this print of St. Elizabeth because it is beautiful and the Saints are very dear to me. I cannot get enough of them and they inspire me to grow closer to God and help point me in the right direction.

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  72. What a beautiful painting! I would love to hang her in my daughter's room. My daughter chose to dress as St. Elizabeth this past All Saints Day and loves to play act her stories regularly.

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  73. I have four daughters who love fairytale and princess stories. Saint Elizabeth shows us that you can have beauty, royalty, wealth, true love, and most importantly, sainthood. She is the princess I want my daughters looking to as a role model.

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  74. This is a lovely painting it is amazing to see how much your art has evolved over the years maybe about 6 years ago I had won a painting from you in one of your giveaways. Your work is always beautiful.

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  75. I'd love to have an illustration of a married saint as an example for my children that marriage can lead to sanctification, too.

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  76. We are neighbors to Hungary, and your illustrations of saints bring them to life in new ways, and are such beautiful companions to books about that saints' life.

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  77. I love your paintings an I have a Elisabeta at home, my smallest daughter. Iulia

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  78. Elizabeth is my middle name, and I love learning more about Saint Elizabeths!

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  79. Would love to win this so that the the picture can be put beside the painting of St. Lucy we get from you too!

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  80. I love your work, Heather! And St. Elizabeth is one of my patron saints! :)

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  81. I would love to have this beautiful print for my little Elisabeth! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  82. I just love your art work. Plain and simple!!! Xo

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  83. I'd love this beautiful print for a few reasons-I'd like to give it to my mom who shares a name with St. Elizabeth, your artwork is beautiful, and I love her story!

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  84. I think this is a beautiful print (and that alone would be enough of a reason for me to have her in my house), but this is a fairly new to me saint and I'm intrigued by her story now and am interested to learn more.

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  85. This is just beautiful! We are already fans of your work and would love to add this to our collection!
    Corrine

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Each and every comment is appreciated! Thanks for coming to visit me :) ~Heather

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