This nicely detailed 3 1/2″ tall pewter figurine includes the accessories commonly associated with this saint, along with the saint’s name is inscribed on its base.
About St. Julia . . . St. Julia was born of noble parents in South Africa. When she was still quite young, Julia was captured by invading barbarians and sold as a slave. Because she loved God with all her heart she was able to accept her captive life and perform the most humble or humiliating tasks with incredible cheerfulness. In her spare time, she read holy books and prayed fervently.
One day her master took her with him on a journey to France. On the way, he stopped at an island to go to a pagan festival. Julia refused to even go near the celebrations, wanting nothing to do with the superstitious ceremonies. The governor of that region was angry a mere slave refused to join his pagan feasts. “Who is that woman who dares to insult our gods?” he cried. Julia’s owner answered that she was a loyal Christian but also a good, faithful servant that he wouldn’t know what to do without. “I will give you four of my best women slaves for her,” offered the governor, but her master refused. “No,” he said, “All you own will not buy her. I would willingly lose the most valuable thing in the world rather than lose her.” When the merchant was asleep, however, the wicked governor tried to make Julia sacrifice to the gods. He promised to have her set free if she would, but she absolutely refused. She said she was as free as she wanted to be as long as she could serve Jesus. Incensed, pagan ruler had her struck in the face and had her hair torn from her head before hanging her on a cross to die.