Elena's Name Day

This year Elena's Name day is on 18th August 2017

Elena is derived from the Greek, 'bright'.; Elena has a name day of 18th August and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Helen

Saint Helen, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Archaeologists

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Helen has the following symbols associated

  • A crown
  • A cross
  • A hammer and nails
  • An open book and a crown.

Historically Famous Elenas

St Helen is always thought of as the woman who found the Cross on which Christ was crucified. Born in about 255 in Drepanum, Asia Minor, Helen was probably just an ordinary, poor girl until she happened to attract the attention of a Roman officer stationed there called Constantius. She went with him to Rome and gave birth to a son. More was to come, however, for Constantius became Emperor, and' tried to - divorce his humble wife, banishing her from Rome. When Helen's son Constantine inherited his father's empire, Helen was brought back again and crowned as an empress. Constantine won a famous victory after having had a vision of the Cross of Christ; after that, Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire. Helen embraced the faith and went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land where she studied the ancient sites and founded many churches, as well as helping the poor. Whether or not the story is true about her finding the Cross buried near Calvary, and finding the nails and seamless robe, her faith, devotion and charity are undoubted

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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