St. Julia, the namesake for the chapel in today’s story, was born to nobility in Carthage and was captured at a young age by invaders in 439.
She was sold into slavery.
As with many figures from early history, her story is filled with legend and contradictions.
However, in general, the story says she was purchased by a pagan man named Eusebius.
She became known for hard work that was completed in cheerfulness and for using her time off to participate in Christian disciplines such as prayer and reading Scripture.
Once while traveling, Eusebius stopped to participate in a pagan ritual in Corsica. Julia refused to go near the event.
Eusebius’ host, Felix, inquired about her after hearing of her disgust at the event. Eusebius replied that her faithful service kept her from being tortured and forced to worship the pagan gods.
Felix asked to buy her in exchange for his four best girls, but Eusebius said that even if all the man’s wealth was offered, he would not part with Julia.
While Eusebius slept, a group of men found Julila and forced her in front of Felix. He offered to free her if she would make a sacrifice to the gods. After she refused, she was slapped. On the subsequent refusal to sacrifice to foreign gods, she was tortured, then flogged.
She was then placed on a cross where she died.
The legend continues that angels left a note on her cross, which was rescued by monks who carried the relics to their island.
In 762, those relics were moved to antoher abbey, where a church was built in Julia’s name. It was a popular pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages.