Quiz about  The Short and Amazing  Life of St Philomena
Quiz about  The Short and Amazing  Life of St Philomena

The Short and Amazing Life of St. Philomena Quiz


St. Philomena is my patron saint. I chose her as her story is one of courage, faith, and bravery. See how much you know about her life.

A multiple-choice quiz by jennyjenjen31. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
173,615
Updated
Feb 18 22
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1. The name Philomena contains the words 'filia' and 'luminis.' Filia luminis means what? Hint

Mother of light
Keeper of light
Daughter of light
Protector of light

2. Philomena's mission in today's world is to draw us to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the imitation of what three virtues? Hint

Purity, obedience, and humility
Humility, faith, and obedience
Obedience, chastity, and hope
Temperance, fortitude, and charity

3. About how many years passed before St. Philomena's remains were discovered? Hint

2000 yrs.
900 yrs.
1500 yrs.
300 yrs.

4. What two symbols were carved on her tomb? Hint

Lily and Palm
Palm and Cross
Lily and Cross
Cross and arrow

5. The story of St. Philomena's life was revealed to how many people? Hint

2
5
1
3

6. When Philomena was thirteen years old her parents took her to the city of ________________.

Answer: (One Word starts with an R)
7. Prior to St. Philomena's conception, were her parents Christian?

Yes
No

8. Diocletian was the name of the emperor Philomena's family visited in Rome.

True
False

9. The first punishment Philomena endured at the hands of Diocletian was what? Hint

Scourged with chains
Starvation
Thrown out into the streets of Rome
Thrown into a prison while loaded down with chains

10. After thirty-seven days of captivity, Philomena experienced a powerful vision. Who visited her? Hint

Jesus Christ
Blessed Mother Mary
St. Joseph
The Angel Gabriel

11. The second act of torture Philomena endured at the hands of Diocletian was what? Hint

Sexual abuse
Starvation
A public scourging
Thrown into the Tiber with an anchor around her neck

12. After the second round of torture, the Blessed Mother appeared to help Philomena.

True
False

13. What was the third round of torture Philomena endured? Hint

Anchor tied around her neck and thrown into the Tiber
Scourged publicly
Shot with arrows
Starvation

14. The fourth round of torture Philomena endured utilized arrows?

True
False

15. The final, and last torturous act Philomena endured was what? Hint

She was thrown to the lions
She was drowned in the Tiber with an anchor around her neck
She was stabbed with arrows
She was beheaded


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The name Philomena contains the words 'filia' and 'luminis.' Filia luminis means what?

Answer: Daughter of light

Philomena is the enlightener of a dark and corrupt world. Her name was originally spelled Filumena.
2. Philomena's mission in today's world is to draw us to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the imitation of what three virtues?

Answer: Purity, obedience, and humility

One can be drawn to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through imitation of the three virtues above.
3. About how many years passed before St. Philomena's remains were discovered?

Answer: 1500 yrs.

Her remains were discovered in the Catacombs of St. Priscilla. They were found on May 24, 1802.
4. What two symbols were carved on her tomb?

Answer: Lily and Palm

The Lily and the Palm are symbols indicating her virginity and martyrdom. Also found carved on her tomb were an anchor, a scourge, and three arrows. These indicated the ways she was tortured prior to her death.
5. The story of St. Philomena's life was revealed to how many people?

Answer: 3

The private revelations were made by St. Philomena in 1863 to three different people. The Holy Office gave its sanction of these revelations on December 21, 1883. The three individuals who received the story led pious lives. One was a nun, one was a priest, and one was an artist.
6. When Philomena was thirteen years old her parents took her to the city of ________________.

Answer: Rome

Her father had to make the journey to Rome. He was the prince of a small city/state in Greece. This small country was threatened by war with Rome thus making the trip necessary.
7. Prior to St. Philomena's conception, were her parents Christian?

Answer: No

Her parents were upset at not being able to have children. They were pagans. A man named Publius who lived in their palace professed Christianity. He spoke to them of conversion. They converted to Christianity, and soon afterwards Philomena was born. They were delighted as Publius had promised her birth if they converted to Christianity.
8. Diocletian was the name of the emperor Philomena's family visited in Rome.

Answer: True

Diocletian took an immediate liking to young Philomena. He offered to provide Philomena's father with protection in exchange for Philomena's hand in marriage. Both of her parents were flattered by the proposal. They encouraged Philomena to accept the proposal. Philomena was very upset as she had given her life to Jesus two years prior, and had no intention of marrying anyone.

She explained to her parents that she had promised her virginity to Jesus Christ. Her father argued she was too young to make such a decision.

Her father might have relented, but he had already accepted the offer made by Diocletian.
9. The first punishment Philomena endured at the hands of Diocletian was what?

Answer: Thrown into a prison while loaded down with chains

Diocletian promised many great things to Philomena if she would marry him. When she repeatedly refused he threw her into one of his many prisons and used heavy chains to keep her tied down. He thought this would weaken her spirit, but she continued to refuse him. This enraged him further.
10. After thirty-seven days of captivity, Philomena experienced a powerful vision. Who visited her?

Answer: Blessed Mother Mary

Young Philomena saw a heavenly light. Mother Mary was standing before her with the baby Jesus in Her arms. Philomena revealed Mary said to her 'My daughter, three days more of prison and, after forty days, thou shalt leave this state of pain.' Philomena was overjoyed until Mary informed her the torture she would endure would be far greater than what she had already experienced.
11. The second act of torture Philomena endured at the hands of Diocletian was what?

Answer: A public scourging

The Blessed Mother's words soon came true, and Philomena was publicly humiliated. After being scourged in public, she was again thrown into prison. Diocletian thought she would soon breathe her last sigh. She prayed the ordeal would soon be over.
12. After the second round of torture, the Blessed Mother appeared to help Philomena.

Answer: False

Philomena did receive help, but not from the Blessed Mother. Two angels appeared in her cell and offered assistance. They bathed the wounds she received from the scourging in balm. A day later, she was restored to wonderful health, much to Diocletian's chagrin.

He thought she had been restored to health by Jupiter whom he adored. Again, he tried to persuade her to marry him. She refused, and he vowed to kill her once and for all.
13. What was the third round of torture Philomena endured?

Answer: Anchor tied around her neck and thrown into the Tiber

Diocletian ordered Philomena to be buried in the Tiber with an anchor around her neck. His order was executed, but once again two angels appeared to rescue Philomena. The angels cut the rope bearing the anchor around her neck. It fell to the bottom of the Tiber.

The anchor is thought to lie there to this day. The angels escorted her to the banks of the river. Many citizens who witnessed the miracle were converted to Christianity. Diocletian attributed the miracle to secret magic. He then had her dragged through the streets of Rome.
14. The fourth round of torture Philomena endured utilized arrows?

Answer: True

After being dragged through the streets of Rome, Diocletian ordered Philomena to be shot with arrows. The first round of arrows struck her whole body. She was taken bleeding to her dungeon cell where they expected her to die. She fell into a deep sleep and awoke cured. Diocletian upon hearing the news, demanded she be shot with a second round of arrows.

The archers sent the arrows flying towards Philomena, but the arrows diverted from their intended course. Diocletian became outraged, and declared Philomena a magician.

He ordered the arrows to be made red in the furnace prior to piercing Philomena. The arrows which were now extremely hot were launched at poor Philomena. Unexpectedly, they again diverted in their intended direction and actually pierced the archers who had launched them. Six archers were killed, and several other archers renounced paganism. Those present began to speak publicly of the power of the God who had protected Philomena. Philomena, through her pain and suffering had been responsible for many conversions.
15. The final, and last torturous act Philomena endured was what?

Answer: She was beheaded

Finally, Diocletian ordered her beheaded. At last, Philomena's soul took flight and she joined Jesus in heaven. The day this took place was on a Friday, and the hour of her death was the same as Jesus' on the cross. Pretty amazing!
Source: Author jennyjenjen31

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