Above: Europe in 600 Common Era
SAINT EGBERT OF LINDISFARNE (CIRCA 639-729)
Roman Catholic Monk (and Perhaps Bishop)
SAINT ADALBERT OF EGMONT (DIED 700/705)
Roman Catholic Monk and Missionary
His feast transferred from June 25
Our story begins with St. Egbert (circa 639-729), an English monk at Lindisfarne. He studied at Rathmelsigil Monastery in Ireland. There, accounts tell us, he was ordained. The Venerable Bede referred to the saint as a bishop. St. Egbert was, anyhow, renowned for his holiness. He was also committed to Roman Catholic (as opposed to Celtic) practices, and he labored for years to convince the monks at Iona to adopt Catholic practices, including which date on which to celebrate Easter. (The Synod of Whitby had been in 664, by the way.) He succeeded in time, dying on April 24, 729, the first time the monks at Iona observed the Roman Catholic Easter.
St. Adalbert of Egmont, of Northumbrian origin, traveled with St. Egbert to Ireland. There, at Rathmelsigil Monastery, St. Alalbert became a deacon. He accompanied St. Willibrord on the mission to Friesland/Frisia in 690. St. Adalbert founded a church at Egmont (in the present-day Netherlands), converted most of the local population, and completed his days there, dying in 700/705.
These two men were good and faithful servants of God. May God render the same verdict regarding us.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 31, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF CHARLES FREDERIC MACKENZIE, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF CENTRAL AFRICA
THE FEAST OF MENNO SIMONS, MENNONITE LEADER
Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth:
Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer,
and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy.
We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through your Spirit,
and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 2:7-11
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 726