Feast of St. Chrodegang of Metz (March 6)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in 714 C.E.

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SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ (712-766)

Roman Catholic Bishop of Metz

St. Chrodegang of Metz was of the lineage of St. Pepin (I) of Landen, and therefore in the family tree of Charlemagne, who became king two years after the bishop died.  Secretary to his kinsman Charles Martel, Mayor of Austrasia during the reigns of Merovingian Kings Dagobert III (reigned 711-716), Clotaire/Lothair IV (reigned 717-720), and Theodoric IV (reigned 721-737), many of the saint’s activities were related to royal politics.  He was instrumental making Charles Martel’s son, Pepin III “the Short,” also mayor of the palace, displacing the by-then ceremonial Merovingian Dynasty officially in 751.  (Charlemagne was Pepin III’s son, by the way.)  St. Chrodegang also played a crucial role in Pepin III’s defense of Rome in 751 and served as Pepin III’s ambassador the Pope Stephen III (reigned 752-757).

Although a layman, St. Chrodegang had become Bishop of Metz in 742, so many of his political activities overlapped with his episcopal duties.  As bishop he founded churches and monasteries, encouraged monasticism, and introduced Gregorian Chant and the Roman liturgy to his diocese.  He also established the choir school (eventually famous) at Metz. The saint died at Metz on March 6, 766.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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

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Almighty God,

you raised up faithful bishops of your church,

including your servant Saint Chrodegang of Metz.

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 December 23, 2016

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Posted December 13, 2011 by neatnik2009 in March, Saints of the 700s

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