Information from his British Museum.
Legendary Christian saint and martyr, daughter of a pagan king of Portugal. Together with her brothers and sisters she became a Christian, but to resist marriage to a suitor chosen by her father she prayed to become unattractive: she grew a beard and moustache, her suitor was dissuaded and, as a result, her father had her crucified. She is also said to have rewarded a young fiddler for playing in front of her crucified body by giving him one of her golden boots, and by giving him the second boot when he was accused of stealing the first one. It is now assumed that her name is a corruption of ‘Hilge Vartz’ (‘holy face’) and is to be related to the ‘Volto Santo’ of Lucca, an early wooden effigy depicting Christ as a man wearing a long regal tunic, which was misinterpretated as a dress.
St Wilgefortis on the cross looks like Jesus in a dress and I’m sure many will find this offensive?
Mind you, the “trans” isdue is a bigger issue than ever with more and more men and women choosing to change to the other sex.
I have some experience in ministering to trans people.
Its a very controversial area with very strong views on either side.
Some people feel very strongly that scare NHS money should not be spent on trans surgery while the waiting lists on life saving other surgeries are surging.
Some are not willing to accept it is a medical condition at all.
Yet the doctors do accept it and call it gender dysphoria.
Patients have to jump through all kinds of hoops and live fully for two years as a member of the sex you want to change to.
My own approach is to listen and journey with people without judgement.
It is very hard for those of us who do not have gender dysphoria to fully understand.
What do readers think?
Saint Wilgefortis pray for us.