The Verena Church in Bad Zurzach
5 December 2019
In the nave of the Verena church (Verenamünster) in Bad Zurzach there are twelve-panel paintings depicting the legend of the holy Verena (about 250 AD – 4th century). The paintings date from the 17th century and are the work of Kaspar Letter (1608-1663).
Verena is the patron saint of the poor and needy, millers, fishermen, sailors and fellow patron saint of the diocese of Basel, together with Urs and Victor. Verena was born in the Egyptian city of Thebes. Later she joined the Theban legion and moved north with the soldiers. The commander of this legion was Mauritius and her fiancée, Viktor, was also one of the legionnaires.
In Wallis, in the area of the town of St. Maurice, the Legion is the victim of the persecution of Christians. The abbey of St. Mauritius is dedicated to this. Other saints of the Legion are Felix, Urs and Victor.
Verena helped to bury the martyrs and since then lived in a cave near the town of Solothurn (Salodurum), where she devotes herself to caring for the poor and sick. Bad Zurzach (Tenedo), situated on the Rhine, already had a Christian community and Verena moved there after a short stay on a small island in the Rhine near the nearby town of Koblenz.
In Zurzach she also cares for the poor and sick. Her attributes are comb and jug. Verena soon became popular with the population and was later canonized. (Source and further information: St. Verena Stiftung Bad Zurzach, www.st-verena.ch).