Widow and Abbess (d. 735)
+ There is some confusion regarding the family history of this saint. Some accounts of her life propose that she was a daughter of the king and saint Dagobert II. She is also said to be the sister of the abbess Saint Irmina of Oehren (whose memory is also celebrated on this day).
+ Adela had one child with her husband Alberic, who died after within a few years of their marriage. Following her husband’s death, Adela received several proposals of marriage, but she refused and chose to establish a community of nuns at Palatiolum, near Trier.
+ The town that grew up around the abbey came to be known as Pfalzel and Adela became second abbess of the community.
+ Saint Adela died in 735.
For prayer and reflection
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,
and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.—Isaiah 11:1-3a
On this day, in keeping with long-standing tradition, the Church also remembers Adam and Eve, our first parents, and all those men and women who are among the ancestors of Christ.
Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus,
and do not delay,
that those who trust in your compassion
may find solace and relief in your coming.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Prayer for Morning Prayer of December 24 from the Liturgy of the Hours)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.