Feast of St. Grimwald (July 8)   Leave a comment

Abbot; Promoter of Education; died in 903

St. Grimwald (born in Flanders in the 800s, became a monk known for musical skills and knowledge of the Bible.  He met King Alfred the Great of Wessex (reigned 871-899), whose feast day is October 26.  Alfred, who was traveling to Rome, invited Grimwald to come to his kingdom and promote learning.  The year was 885.

The saint spent 18 years in England.  He led the new school at Oxford and  became the first abbot of the New Minster at Winchester.  St. Grimwald receives credit for reviving learning in England after the Viking invasions.  That is a fine legacy.


Almighty God, your Holy Spirit gives to one the word of knowledge, and to another the insight of wisdom, and to another the steadfastness of faith.  We praise you for the gifts of grace imparted to your servant St. Grimwald, and we pray that by his teaching we may be led to a fuller knowledge of the truth we have seen in your Son Jesus, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Proverbs 3:1-7 or Wisdom 7:7-14

Psalm 119:89-104

1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16 or 1 Corinthians 3:5-11

John 17:18-23 or Matthew 13:47-52


Posted January 27, 2010 by neatnik2009 in July, Saints of the 800s, Saints of the 900s

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