Saint Notburga

Notburga of Rattenberg
Bled - cerkev Marijinega vnebovzetja (sveta Notburga, medaljon).jpg
The Baroque painting of Saint Notburga in the church on Bled Island, northwestern Slovenia
Born c. 1265
Rattenberg, Austria
Died September 13, 1313
Buch , Austria
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized 27 March 1862, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal State by Pope Pius IX
Major shrine Chapel of Saint Rupert, Eben, Austria
Feast September 13
Attributes Ear of corn, or flowers and a sickle in her hand; sometimes the sickle is suspended in the air
Patronage Servants and peasants

Notburga (c. 1265 – September 13, 1313), also known as Notburga of Rattenberg or Notburga of Eben, is an Austrian saint from Tyrol. She is the patron saint of servants and peasants.


Notburga was born about 1265 at Rattenberg in the Inn. She was a cook in the household of Count Henry of Rattenberg, and used to give food to the poor. But Ottilia, her mistress, ordered her to feed any leftover food to the pigs. To continue her mission, Notburga began to save some of her own food, especially on Fridays, and took it to the poor.[1]

According to her legend, one day her master met her and commanded her to show him what she was carrying. She obeyed but instead of the food he saw only shavings, and instead of wine, vinegar. As a result of Notburga's actions, Ottilia dismissed her, but soon fell dangerously ill. Notburga remained to nurse her and prepared her for death.[1]

Next, Notburga worked for a peasant in Eben am Achensee, on the condition that she be permitted to go to church evenings before Sundays and festivals. One evening her master urged her to continue working in the field. Throwing her sickle into the air she supposedly said: "Let my sickle be judge between me and you," and the sickle remained suspended in the air.[1]

In the meantime, Count Henry had suffered difficulties, which he ascribed to his dismissal of Notburga, so he rehired her and the estate prospered.[2] Shortly before her death she is said to have told her master to place her corpse on a wagon drawn by two oxen and to bury her wherever the oxen stood still. The oxen drew the wagon to the chapel of St. Rupert near Eben, where she was buried.


On March 27, 1862, Pope Pius IX canonized Notburga as a saint.[3] Her feast is celebrated on September 13. She is usually represented with an ear of corn, or flowers and a sickle in her hand; sometimes the sickle is suspended in the air.


  1. ^ a b c Ott, Michael. "St. Notburga." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 3 September 2021Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "St. Notburga", FaithND
  3. ^ "Notburga von Rattenberg". Retrieved 2020-10-30.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "St. Notburga". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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