Above: Northern France in 843
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SAINT ALDRIC OF LE MANS (CIRCA 800-January 7, 856)
Roman Catholic Bishop of Le Mans
St. Aldric spent his youth in the court of the Frankish Emperor Charles the Great, a.k.a. Charlemagne, and Louis I the Pious/Debonair (reigned 814-840). The saint, however, left that easy life to become a priest at the age of twenty-one years. Yet Emperor Louis I recalled St. Aldric to the court. There he remained until 832, nine years after his ordination, when the saint became Bishop of Le Mans, the post he held for the remaining twenty-four years of his life. St. Aldric earned a reputation for his virtue and his civil spirit, the latter of which was evident from his efforts to build aqueducts, rebuild churches, restore monasteries and convents, and buy the freedom of captives. Civil wars divided the Frankish kingdom after the death of Charlemagne. The saint sided with Emperor Charles II the Bald (reigned 840-877), son of Louis I, so lost his see until Pope Gregory IV reinstated him. St. Aldric also lost church lands due to the civil war, but regained them during his tenure.
Above all, the legacy of St. Aldric is one of active virtue which builds up the common good. This is one way to love one’s neighbor as one loves oneself. May we do this as God directs us.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 27, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR B
THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES INTERCISUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR
THE FEAST OF HENRY SLOANE COFFIN, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGIAN
Heavenly Father, shepherd of your people,
we thank you for your servant
Saint Aldric of Le Mans,
who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock.
We pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life,
we may by your grace attain our full maturity in Christ,
through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11-16 or Acts 20:17-35
1 Peter 5:1-4 or Ephesians 3:14-21
John 21:15-17 or Matthew 24:42-47
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60
Revised from November 13, 2016