St. Sarah

Thought to be infertile, St. Sarah gave birth at an advanced age and is the patron saint of infertility, gypsies and laughter. She was the first woman to convert from paganism to the worship of God with Abraham and became his wife.

Tradition has it Sarah became pregnant at age 90. Infertile all those years, she had a dream in which angels told her she would have a boy. Sarah was directed by God to name her boy Isaac, which meant laughter in ancient Hebrew. Abraham was 99 years old at the time.

The Book of Genesis tells Sarah’s tale. Often depicted laughing and filled with joy, at the prospect of being with child at such an advanced age, The Old Testament says she lived to be 127 before dying of natural causes. Her feast day is Aug. 19.

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