German Queen; died in 968
St. Mathilda, the daughter of a Westphalian count, was born circa 895. She received an education at a convent.
The saint married Henry I (“the Fowler”) in 909. The couple had five children:
- Hadwig, who married Hugh the Great, Count of Paris;
- Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor;
- Gerberga, who married Louis IV of France;
- Henry I, Duke of Bavaria;
- Bruno I, Archbishop of Cologne.
Henry the Fowler died in 936, and his widow remained in the royal court until she entered a brief exile at a monastery because of accusations that her charitable activities had weakened the royal treasury. St. Mathilda returned to the court at the urging of her daughter-in-law, Queen Edith.
The saint is famous for her prayer life, her almsgiving, and the founding of convents.
O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world. Lead us by his love, to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help. Through us give hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, peace to the troubled, and rest to the weary, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.