Feast of St. Benedict II (May 8)   Leave a comment

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SAINT BENEDICT II (DIED 685)

Bishop of Rome

I like to read about the lives of saints (then to write about them) who died a long time ago.  It appeals to my sense of history.  And it reminds me of how much those who have come and gone before me did.  They were giants on whose shoulders I stand.

One such giant was a priest, a native of Rome.  Elected Pope in July 683, confirmation of the new post of St. Benedict II came from Byzantine Emperor Constantine IV in June 684.  St. Benedict II convinced the Emperor to prevent any subsequent long delays be permitting the Byzantine exarch of Italy to confirm such elections.  The Bishop of Rome restored some churches in Italy.  He also ordered the restoration of St. Wilfrid of Ripon (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/feast-of-sts-colman-of-lindisfarne-agilbert-and-wilfrid-february-18/), deposed as Bishop of York.  That order proved to be naught, however, as those who should have obeyed it did not do so.  St. Benedict II also condemned Monothelitism, a heresy which denied the existence of the human will of Christ, and attempted to convince Mararius I, former Patriarch of Antioch, to renounce that heresy.  Above all, the saint left a reputation for gentleness and humility.

Pope Paul VI named St. Benedict II as Patron of Europe in 1964.

What will those who knew us say about about us after we have died?  Will they remember us as having been gentle and humble?  Will they recall us as having loved, not hated?  Will they say that we at least tried to do the right things?  I hope so.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 1, 2012 COMMON ERA

PALM SUNDAY, YEAR B

THE FEAST OF SAINTS SYRAGIUS OF AUTUN AND ANACHARIUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS, AND VALERY OF LEUCONE AND EUSTACE OF LUXEUIT, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOTS

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK DENISON MAURICE, ANGLICAN PRIEST

THE FEAST  OF SAINTS SIDONIUS APOLLINARIS, EUSTACE OF LYON, AND HIS DESCENDANTS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS

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Almighty God, we praise you for your servant Saint Benedict II,

through whom you have called the church to its tasks and renewed its life.

Raise up in our own day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit,

whose voices will give strength to your church and proclaim the reality of your reign,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 46

1 Corinthians 3:11-23

Mark 10:35-45

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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Posted April 1, 2012 by neatnik2009 in May, Saints of the 600s

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