Above: Northern France in 843 C.E.
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SAINT ADELARD OF CORBIE (A.K.A. SAINT ADALHARD OF CORBIE) (CIRCA 752-January 2, 827)
Roman Catholic Monk
His feast day transferred from January 2
St. Adelard and Charlemagne were first cousins; Charles Martel was their grandfather. The saint became a Benedictine monk at Corbie in 773. He studied under St. Alcuin and advised Charlemagne. St. Adelard also tutored Prince Bernard, who became King of Naples. Accused falsely in 817 of siding with Bernard in a revolt against Louis the Debonair, who succeeded Charlemagne, the saint found himself living in exile on the island of Noirmoutier. He actually enjoyed the peace and quiet the island provided. Louis the Debonair recalled the saint in 821. St. Adelard cofounded Corvey Abbey in Saxony. He died on January 2, 827, at Corbie Abbey in Pirardy. The Roman Catholic Church canonized him in 1026.
When hardship comes, may we, like St. Adelard of Corbie, find the blessings around us.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 30, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW THE APOSTLE, MARTYR
whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:
Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world,
that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Adelard of Corbie,
may serve you with singleness of heart,
and attain to the riches of the age to come;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Psalm 34 or 34:1-8
Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62
–Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 249 and 927
Revised on November 21, 2016