Feast of St. Godehard of Hildesheim (May 4)   Leave a comment

Above:  A Mitre

SAINT GODEHARD OF HILDESHEIM (962-1038)

Roman Catholic Abbot and Bishop

St. Godehard of Hildeshiem, born in Bavaria, became a monk at Nieder-Altaich in 990.  Later he became abbot there and reformed its discipline.  German King and Holy Roman Emperor Henry II (reigned 1002-1024) appointed the saint to reform several monasteries, which he did.  Then in 1022, the Emperor appointed the saint Bishop of Hildesheim, succeeding St. Bernward (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/feast-of-sts-willigis-and-bernward-february-23/).  As bishop St Godehard encouraged education, built schools, churches, and a hospice, and helped the sick and the poor.  That is a fine Christian legacy.

The Roman Catholic Church canonized him in 1131.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 19, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH OF NAZARETH, HUSBAND OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

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Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant Saint Godehard of Hildesheim.

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

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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