St. Philomena Cord
Of the several forms which devotion to St.
taken, perhaps the one that is best known and most used is that of her Cord.
use of her Cord has been from the beginning a favorite way of honoring
the saint and invoking her protection. The holy Cure of Ars himself
and distributed a great many. The cord is white and red, and may be
either of linen, woolen, or cotton threads, so interwoven as to give an
almost equal preponderance to both colors; it has two knots at one end.
The white color represents virginity; the red, martyrdom.
Saint Philomena, virgin and Martyr, pray for us that through thy powerful intercession we may obtain that purity of mind and heart which leads to the perfect love of God. Amen.
The Cord of Saint Philomena has been the instrument of innumerable favors. It is used by the sick, and is a protection against accidents and evils of ever, kind. Those suffering from temporal trials, or spiritual temptations, have found it a wonderful help. It is especially recommended that children be given the Cord, for it is a marvelous protection in the many mishaps which threaten them.
But the Cord is worn especially as a safeguard of the virtue of chastity. St. Philomena is regarded as a powerful protectress of this virtue because, if the reputed facts of her life are true, her own virginal purity was so outstanding. Hence her clients believe God has given her a special power of assisting those who are tempted against this virtue.
The legend of her life indicates that she realized the full value of the angelic virtue, having bound herself to it by vow at the tender age of eleven; that she preserved her innocence in spite of the temptations to which she was subjected in a sensuous Greek court at a time when heathenism had full sway, and when the immodest images of the Greek gods and most shameful scandals everywhere shocked the modesty of innocent eyes and blighted the purity of innocent hearts. According to the same legend, a mighty emperor offered her a kingdom and a crown. The anger of a wrathful father, the tears of an affectionate mother, stormed her heart; she stood alone, abandoned and forsaken. But she trusted her Divine Bridegroom; she remained faithful to her vow, and conquered. The Lord was her strength in the combat and He will likewise come to the assistance of all who invoke her aid in the midst of temptations; He will glorify again her name and her virtue. Let those who find themselves carried away by passion, and tempted to disregard the labs of Holy Mother Church by entering into marriages which are sinful in the eyes of God and man, implore Saint Philomena's kindly assistance. She has conquered in similar circumstances. Grace came to her aid, and the enemy will be put to flight again through her intercession if it is confidently asked and the fear of God allowed to rule the mind and will.
Plenary Indulgences of The Cord of Saint Philomena
1. On the day on which the cord is worn for
With the exception of the last, it is necessary for gaining the above indulgences to go to confession, receive Holy Communion, make a visit to some church and there pray for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.