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Saint Dymphna of Gheel Icon - S439

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Saint Dymphna lived in the seventh century. She was born in Oriel in northeastern Ireland to Damon, a pagan king; her mother was a Christian. When she was 14 years old, Dymphna took a vow of chastity. Her mother died soon afterwards.

After the death of his wife, Damon became mentally disturbed and began to desire his daughter, due to her strong resemblance to her mother. When Dymphna learned of her father’s intentions, she fled to continental Europe and settled in Gheel in present-day Belgium. Using her wealth, she established a hospital for the poor.

Damon, meanwhile, sent his agents to search for his daughter. When they reported that she was in Gheel, Damon traveled there to confront her. He tried to force her to return to Ireland. Dymphna resisted her father's unnatural lust and refused to go with him. Enraged, he drew his sword and beheaded her. She maintained her vow of chastity and her obedience to the law of God to her martyric death.

Saint Dymphna is commemorated on May 15. She is considered a patron saint of those who suffer mental illness. In the icon she holds a cross, symbolizing martyrdom.

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  • An Icon Every Mentally Ill Person Should Have

    Posted by Travis on Jul 29th 2022

    Saint Dymphna loves to help those of us that struggle with our mental health. I have been looking for a good icon of her for a while but was having trouble finding one. Legacy Icons did not disappoint. The icon is in gorgeous condition. It is so much easier to show my thanks to this precious saint now!

    Legacy Icons, do you have card versions of this icon I can buy? I'd be a repeat buyer if you do. I'd regularly buy sets of ten if you offered that product, probably about once every 6 months.

    Warm Regards,


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