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Dymphna has gained great popularity as the patroness of those who
suffer with mental or emotional problems. Ancient traditions state
that when Dymphna was a teenager her mother died, and her father, a
petty king of Oriel wanted to remarry a woman as beautiful as his
wife who had just died. He slipped into mental illness and desired to
marry his daughter. Dymphna was advised to flee the country which she
did along with the priest who had instructed her for baptism, Fr.
Gerebran, and two servants. Her father, who pursued her, killed her
in a fit of rage. Dymphna and Fr. Gerebran were buried in a cave.
Years later when the villagers decided to move the bodies for a more
suitable burial they found in the cave two beautiful tombs, whiter
than snow. Soon miraculous cures began to occur. St. Dymphna's fame
as patroness of those who suffer with mental and emotional problems
spread widely and people came to her shrine on pilgrijmage. Later a
hospital was build near her shrine for the cure of mentally ill
patients. After some time spent in the institution, most patients are
placed in a home of one of the families of Gheel. St. Dymphna is
invoked as the patron of those suffering from mental and emotional
problems, mental health care workers, and abuse victims.
booklet includes morning and evening prayer, a Novena to St. Dymphna,
Prayer in Time of Distress, Prayer for Someone Suffering from
Depression, Prayer for Those Suffering from Mental or Emotional
Disorders, Litany in Honor of St. Dymphna, and more.