In the second half of the 3rd century in Alexandria, Catherine, the future Saint Catherine, was born into a rich and noble family.
By the age of 17, the girl received a brilliant Hellenic education and was distinguished by rare beauty and intelligence. Young men from the most eminent families of the empire sought her hand, but not one of them became her chosen one. She announced to her parents that she would only agree to marry someone who surpassed her in nobility, wealth, beauty and wisdom.
The mother of Saint Catherine was a secret Christian. She took the girl for advice to her spiritual father, the holy elder, who performed a deed of prayer in a secluded cave not far from the city. The elder listened to Saint Catherine and said that he knows the Young Man, who surpasses her in everything, for “His beauty is brighter than the sunshine, His wisdom governs all creation, His wealth is spilled all over the world, but this does not reduce Him, but multiplies, the height of the family His is indescribable." The image of the Heavenly Bridegroom gave birth in the soul of the holy virgin to an ardent desire to see Him. Saint Catherine was revealed to the Truth, to which her soul was torn. In parting, the elder handed St. Catherine an icon of the Mother of God with the Divine Infant Jesus in her arms. The elder ordered with faith to pray to the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of the Heavenly Bridegroom, for the granting of a vision of Her Son.