(c.244-327) – saint equal-to-the-apostles empress, mother of the emperor Constantine the Great, she furthered the spreading of Christianity that became the official religion of the Roman Empire after the Milan Edict (315). In 326, she undertook a pilgrimage to Palestine where after long inquiries and investigation she finally discovered the true cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. The fact gave rise to the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. To commemorate the suffering on the cross and the resurrection of the Saviour Helena erected the Church of the Resurrection (The Holy Sepulchre) on the Calvary. Feast day: 21 May (3 June).
A woman in monastic clothes with a scroll.