St. Catherine was born to pagan Egyptian parents in the city of Alexandria around the year 288 AD.
They named her Zorothia.
God granted her dazzling beauty and superior intelligence.

She diligently studied philosophy, poetry, music, math, astronomy, and medicine.
From all of her studies, she realized the falsehood and corruption of pagan worship.
Divine grace moved her heart to search for the truth.

In a vision at night she saw the Virgin Mary carrying the Child Jesus.
Immediately she went to a Christian priest and told him about her vision and asked for his guidance.
The priest told her, “Be assured, my daughter, that the Lord Christ wants you to be His daughter.”
What the priest told her matched what she was pondering in her heart.
She devoted herself to studying the Holy Bible, with the help of that priest.
She was enlightened and urged the priest to baptize her.
At her baptism she was given the name Catherine, which means “many crowns.”

After she received the grace of baptism she longed to strive for confirming the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When Emperor Maxentius heard about her, he became enraged
and sent his men to bring her to the pagan temple, where he was waiting.

There, she admonished him for his delusion and ignorance.
The Emperor was amazed at her courage and breathless because of her beauty.
He arranged for a group of the best fifty pagan scholars to debate her at his palace,
hoping that they would refute her pro-Christian arguments,
but with the grace of God, Catherine won the debate and succeeded in convincing them of the validity of the Christian faith.
All of them accepted the Lord Christ as their Savior.
The Emperor ordered to burn the scholars alive, and thus they all received crowns of martyrdom…
The Emperor’s wife also converted to Christianity because of St. Catherine.
St. Catherine suffered severe torture at his hands, and finally received the crown of martyrdom. She was 19.
May the blessing of her prayers be with us all, and glory be to our God forever.