Above: St. Rupert of Salzburg
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SAINT RUPERT OF SALZBURG (DIED CIRCA 710)
Founder of Salzburg
Roman Catholic Bishop of Salzburg
Apostle of Bavaria and Austria
The Christian Church has benefited greatly from the labors of talented and faithful men and women. They have spread the faith, and we stand on their shoulders today. One of the members of this glorious company is St. Rupert of Salzburg.
The identity of St. Rupert’s native land is uncertain, lost in the mists of time. We do know, however, that he had become Bishop of Worms before 697. In this capacity he accepted the invitation of Theodo II, Duke of Bavaria, to travel to Regensburg, Bavaria. So it happened that, in 697, St. Rupert founded churches, a monastery, and a convent in Bavaria. Thus began earnest Christan missionary work in that realm.
Duke Theodo II, who was not a Christian when he invited St. Rupert, but whom St. Rupert converted to Christianity, gave the saint the ruined Roman town of Juvavum as his headquarters. St. Rupert promoted the local salt mines, renamed the settlement Salzburg, which is German for “salt fortress,” and helped build the now-thriving city.
St. Rupert followed the call of God into the pagan wilderness, and his legacy has stood the test of time. What is God’s call upon you, and what will your legacy be?
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 2, 2010 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS
The collect from Lives of the Saints:
God, You built up Your Church by means of the religious zeal and apostolic care of St. Rupert. Grant that by his intercession that she may experience a new increase of faith and holiness. Amen.
Lections I have selected:
Isaiah 49:1-6 (“I will give you as a light to the nations.”)
Psalm 8 (“O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”)
2 Timothy 4:1-8 (“…do the work of an evangelist….”)
Matthew 5:13-16 (“You are the salt of the earth….”)
Revised on December 24, 2016