An Apron Full of Roses

This blog was inspired by the story of St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, famous for many things including The Miracle of the Roses, involving bread, an apron, and, of course, roses! Read on to learn more about her extraordinary life.

Alice Macallan Swan
St. Elizabeth of Hungary by Alice Macallan Swan (1916)


St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, also known as St. Elizabeth of Hungary, is the real person that inspired me to take the leap and make this blog. A devout Catholic, Elizabeth possessed a heart softened to the plight of others from a very early age. She imposed as much poverty on herself as her royal patronage allowed, loved her husband and community, and ultimately, became a member of the 3rd Order of St. Francis when they set up their first outpost in Germany before dying young at age 24. You can read more about her here and here

Patroness of:

  • Hospitals
  • Nurses
  • Teutonic KnightsSt. Elizabeth
  • 3rd Order of St. Francis
  • Bakers
  • Brides
  • Dying Children
  • People ridiculed for their faith
  • Homeless People
  • Exiles
  • Lace-makers
  • Widows

The name Alden’s Apron is a play on one of St. Elizabeth’s miracles, which I once saw listed as “An Apron Full of Roses.” Known for tending to the poor despite the disapproval of her rich and royal family, St. Elizabeth would sneak food from Wartburg Castle in Germany (you can still visit) to feed the sick and needy in her village. When her father-in-law/ a soldier/ other authority figure (sources vary on this) caught her in the act, he forced her to turn out her apron and show what she “stole.” Elizabeth had no choice but to obey. To the man’s, and Elizabeth’s, surprise, the bread in her apron was turned into bouquets of red and white roses! What an amazing act of God.


Romans 12
Romans 12 really reminds me of St. Elizabeth, her devotion to living for the Lord and serving others.


Castle Wartburg
Wartburg Castle in the Thuringian state of Germany

This is Wartburg Castle, St. Elizabeth’s home in Germany after she was betrothed as a young child to Ludvig IV. It’s also significant in the formation of the Protestant church in Germany, it’s where Luther translated the Bible into German, and it even inspired a few Disney castles. Learn more here