Feast of St. Sigebert III of Austrasia (February 1)   Leave a comment

Above:  Frankish Kingdoms in 628 C.E.

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SAINT SIGEBERT III OF AUSTRASIA (630/631-656)

King of Austrasia (633/634-656)

This post relates to this one.  I refer you, O reader, to it for points of reference.  As a teacher of history, I know that one needs to break up and pace the dissemination of knowledge properly.  So I invite you to follow the bouncing ball with me and to understand the past and the roles which certain saints played in it.

King Dagobert I (died on January 9, 639) crowned his very young son, St. Sigebert III, co-monarch in 633/634.  St. Pepin (I) of Landen, Mayor of the royal palace, taught the young king from 638 to 640, when he died.  Grimoald, St. Pepin’s son, succeeded him as Mayor in 643.  St. Sigebert III achieved his majority in time and began to rule in his own right.  He founded monasteries, hospitals, and churches, and was renowned for his holiness and his aid to the poor.  Among the twelve monasteries he established were the abbeys at Stavelot and Malmedy.  The saint died young, aged twenty-five years.  The 1962 Encyclopedia Americana describes him as “a devoted Christian.”

History tells us that the Mayors of the Frankish royal palaces began to exercise greater authority during the reigns of St. Sigebert III and his brother, Clovis II of Neustria.  The line which began with St. Pepin (I) of Landen and St. Itta of Metz became the new royal line in time via their daughter, St. Begga of Andenne, and her husband, Ansegisal, Mayor of Austrasia from 632 to 638.  Their son was Pepin (II) of Herigstal, Mayor of Austrasia and Neustria from 687 to 714.  So Sts. Pepin of Landen and Itta of Metz were the great-great grandparents of Pepin (III) the Short, King of the Franks from 747 to 768, and father of Charles the Great, a.k.a. Charlemagne, who reigned from 768 to 814.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 1, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST FROM NICHOLAS FERRAR, ANGLICAN DEACON

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHARLES DE FOUCAULD, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF SAINT EDMUND CAMPION, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT ELIGIUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Lord God,

you have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses.

Grant that we, encouraged by the example of your servant Saint Sigebert III of Austrasia,

may persevere in the course that is set before us and,

at the last, share in your eternal joy with all the saints in light,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Micah 6:6-8

Psalm 9:1-10

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Luke 6:20-23

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 59

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Revised on November 26, 2016

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