Feast of St. Vedast (February 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in 511 C.E.

Image in the Public Domain

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SAINT VEDAST (A.K.A. SAINT VAAST) (DIED 539)

Bishop of Arras and Cambrai

Born in western Francia, St. Vedast became a Roman Catholic priest.  In that capacity he instructed Clovis I (reigned 481-511), the founder of the Merovingian Dynasty, en route to Rheims, and thereby prepared him for baptism in 496.  St. Vedast worked with St. Remigius, Archbishop of Rheims in his missionary work among the Frankish people, becoming Bishop of Arras and Cambrai in 499.  Four decades later, when St. Vedast died, he had established Christianity within his see.

May we Christians of the early twenty-first century remember the fact that we stand on the shoulders of giants such as St. Vedast, whose efforts contributed to our Christian faith.  How far will our influence extend?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

THE FEAST OF CHANNING MOORE WILLIAMS

THE FEAST OF JOHN BROWN, ABOLITIONIST

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Almighty God,

you raised up faithful bishops of your church,

including your servant Saint Vedast.

May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith,

so that we may serve and confess your name before the world,

through 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

Psalm 84

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

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Revised on November 27, 2016

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