Feast of Sts. Arnulf of Metz and Germanus of Granfel (February 21)   5 comments

Above:  Gaul in 628 C.E.

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SAINT ARNULF OF METZ (DIED CIRCA 643)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Metz

His feast transferred from July 18

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SAINT GERMANUS OF GRANFEL (DIED CIRCA 677)

Roman Catholic Abbot and Martyr

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St. Arnulf was originally a courtier to Theodoric II, King of Burgundy from 595 to 612 and of Austrsasia from 612 to 613, a member of the Merovingian Dynasty.  The saint was the father of Ansegisal, Mayor of Austrasia from 632 to 638.  Ansegisal was the husband of St. Begga, daughter of St. Pepin (I) of Landen, Mayor of Austrsasia before and after his son-in-law.  (For more about St. Pepin and St. Begga, follow this link.  The Carolingian Dynasty descended through St. Pepin and St. Arnulf via Ansegisal and St. Begga, parents of Pepin (II) of Heristal, Mayor of Austrasia and Neustria from 687 to 714, who was the father of Charles Martel, grandfather of King Pepin the Short (reigned 747-768), and great-grandfather of Charlemagne (reigned 768-714).  Doda, St. Arnulf’s wife, became a nun, and Arnulf became Bishop of Metz circa 610.  He remained a royal counselor.  St. Arnulf retired to a hermitage which became Remiremont monastery, and died there.

St. Germanus of Granfel was born at Trier, Gaul.  Raised and educated by St. Modoald, Bishop of Trier, uncle of St. Begga and brother-in-law of St. Pepin.  Aged seventeen years, St. Germanus gave his possessions to the poor and became a hermit with St. Arnulf, who advised St. Germanus and his brother, Numerian, to enter the monastery at Remiremont.  The brothers obeyed this counsel.  St. Germanus went on to serve as abbot at Granfel then at St. Ursitz and St. Paul Zu-Werd monasteries in the Moutier Valley.  St. Germanus met his death when he confronted soldiers who were looting the homes of poor people.  Randcald, a companion, died with him.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 8, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN RINCKART, ARCHDEACON OF EILENBURG

THE FEAST OF RICHARD BAXTER, ANGLICAN THEOLOGIAN

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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 servants Saints Arnulf of Metz and Germanus of Granfel,

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 December 4, 2016

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