Pray for Us, Saint Corona

March 20, 2020 Joe Brady

Yes, there actually is a Saint Corona and she is considered the patron saint of plagues and epidemics!

The Corona Virus was named for the crown-like structure on the virus. The word Corona is Latin for a crown.
Interestingly, there is a St. Corona in the Catholic Church. Her story is that Corona was only 16 when she gave her life to comfort a fellow Christian.
Right in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic is the city of Anzu, Italy. There is a basilica in Anzu where the relics of St. Victor and St. Corona have been preserved since the 9th century. Ironically, St. Corona is considered as one of the patron saints of pandemics.

This next is excerpted from “Saint Corona Martyr of the Moment” by Simon Ballam. to read more see

Most saints have a clear role – the muscular Saint Christopher helps travelers, Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters, and Saint George the dragon killer the original first responder – horses for courses. Saint Corona, on the other hand, has a lot to do: She is responsible for money, butchers, gravediggers and bad weather. And she is also there to protect us from plagues. A woman’s work is never done!

It seems an unhappy chance that she shares her name with the current coronavirus sweeping the globe. But coincidence it is not: In her primary role of caring for money, she is often depicted wearing a crown, an ancient and universal icon for currencies. As the microscope images splashed across magazine covers and newsfeeds show us every day, the deadly bug, too, is named for its resemblance to a crown.


No there are absolutely no good random controlled trials that show that she can intercede in a pandemic. But I’m lighting a candle anyway!