Above: Northern France in 843
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SAINT BENEDICT OF ANIANE (CIRCA 750-821)
The “Second Benedict” and “Restorer of Western Monasticism”
SAINT ARDO OF ANIANE (DIED 843)
Roman Catholic Abbot
His feast transferred from March 7
St. Benedict of Aniane, originally a cupbearer to the Frankish kings Pepin the Short (reigned 747-768) and Charlemagne (reigned 768-814), went on to serve in the army in Lombardy. Then he became a Benedictine in 773, after the leaving the military. Refusing to become abbot at St. Seine, near Dijon, in 779, he became a hermit on his estate at Languedoc. A community grew up around him, so he built a monastery and a church. Later, Emperor Louis I the Pious (reigned 814-840) built a monastery for him at Inde, near Aachen.
The saint became director of all Benedictine monasteries, which he reformed, in Europe. So he has gone down in history as the “Second Benedict,” the first Benedict being St. Benedict of Nursia, and the “Restorer of Western Monasticism.” He also argued against the Adoptionist heresy, which stated that Jesus was a good man whom God had adopted as Son of God because of his holiness. Such matters might not seem important to some, but Adoptionism undercuts the Incarnation and therefore the Atonement; thus it was a vital matter. And St. Benedict of Aniane argued for the orthodox Christian position in this debate.
St. Ardo (died 843), born as Smaragdus at Languedoc, became a monk at Ariane under St. Benedict. St. Ardo served as director of the monastery school there, building up that school’s reputation for academic excellence. He also traveled with his mentor, whom he succeeded as Abbot at Aniane in 814. And St. Ardo wrote St. Benedict’s biography.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
DECEMBER 5, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ALBERT GORE, SR., UNITED STATES SENATOR
THE FEAST OF SAINT CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST
THE FEAST OF SAINT SABAS, ORTHODOX MONK
AMENDED ON DECEMBER 13, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ELLA J. BAKER, WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
THE FEAST OF SAINT LUCY OF SYRACUSE, ROMAN CATHOLIC 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 Benedict of Aniane,
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 30, 2016