ST. EULALIA, OF BARCELONA, V. M.
THIS holy virgin was brought up in the faith, and
in the practice of piety, at Barcelona in Spain. In the persecution
of Dioclesian, under the cruel governor Dacian, she suffered the
rack, and being at last crucified on it, joined the crown of
martyrdom with that of virginity. Her relics are preserved at
Barcelona, by which city she is honored as its special patroness. She
is titular saint of many churches, and her name is given to several
villages of Guienne and Languedoc, and other neighboring provinces,
where, in some places, she is called St. Eulalie, in others St.
Olaire, St. Olacie, St. Occille, St. Olaille, and St. Aulazie.
Sainte-Aulaire and Sainte-Aulaye are names of two ancient French
families taken from this saint. Her acts deserve no notice. See
Tillemont, t. 5, in his account from Prudentius, of St. Eulalia of
Merida, with whom Vincent of Beauvais confounds her; but she is
distinguished by the tradition of the Spanish churches, by the
Mozarabic missal, and by all the martyrologies which bear the name of
St. Jerom, Ado, Usuard, &c.