Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 27 November |
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

Saint Swithbert

Patron Saint of Germany

SWITHBERT

Public Domain

Bishop (647-713)

His life

Swithbert (who is also known as Suitber) was born in Northumbria (England) and later studied in Ireland under Saint Egbert at the abbey of Rathemgisi.

+ A noted preacher and teacher, he became the spiritual father of Saint Willeic, another monk-missionary who would labor in Germany.

+ Swithbert and eleven other monks, led by Saint Willibrord, began to work as missionaries in Friesland, a group of islands of the cost of the Netherlands. To support the mission, Swithbert was consecrated as a bishop in 693.

+ Switherbert later founded the great Benedictine abbey at Werth (modern-day Düsseldorf-Kaiswerwerth, Germany).

+ Saint Swithbert died in 747 and is honored as one of the patrons of Germany.

Spiritual bonus

Today the Church also remembers Saint Agnes Cao Guiying. A Chinese Christian, she was widowed when her husband was martyred for his Christian faith. Following her husband’s death, she devoted herself to teaching catechism. For this “crime,” she was executed on March 1, 1856, in Xilin, China. She was canonized with other Chinese martyrs in 2000.

Quote

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations.”—Psalm 18:50

Prayer

O God, who through the Bishop blessed Swithbert brought peoples without faith from darkness to the light of truth, grant us, through his intercession, that we may stand firm in faith and remain constant in the hope of the Gospel he preached. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Pastors—For a Missionary)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
FIRST CENTURY HOUSE AT THE SISTERS OF NAZARETH SITE
John Burger
British archaeologist confident he has found ...
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio's favorite prayer of petition
CHRIST THE KING
Edifa
Why do we say that "Christ is King"?
VATICAN POPE GOOD FRIDAY COLOSSEUM
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Learn to pray with the early Church and to di...
Miguel Pro
Philip Kosloski
How Bl. Miguel Pro served his people during c...
CHRISTMAS,ADVENT WREATH,FAMILY
Theresa Civantos Barber
7 Advent traditions that are easy to do at ho...
See More