Above: Map of France in 1154
SAINT IVO OF CHARTRES (CIRCA 1040-1115)
Roman Catholic Bishop
His feast transferred from May 23
Born at Beauvais, France, St. Ivo of Chartres became a canon at Nesles then a canon regular of St. Augustine at St. Quentin, where he taught theology, Scripture, and canon law. Then, circa 1078, the saint became prior there. He became Bishop of Chartres in 1091.
St. Ivo’s role relative to royal politics caused him much difficulty. He was a councilor of King Philip I (reigned 1060-1108), a monarch fond of committing in simony. The saint protested this practice related the lay investiture of bishops. Real trouble came in 1092, when Philip, without divorcing his first wife, Bertha, married Bertrada, third wife of the still-alive Count of Anjou. St. Ivo condemned all of this. Thus the monarch imprisoned the bishop and confiscated his wealth. Pope Urban II (reigned 1088-1099) excommunicated Philip, lifting the order after two years, upon Bertha’s death. The bishop, released because of papal intercession, played a role in the royal-papal reconciliation. It was a short-lived peace, for Urban II re-excommunicated Philip several times more. The monarch, restored to the communion of the Church in 1104 by Pope Paschal II (reigned 1099-1118) on the condition that Philip and Bertrada stay apart except in public, disobeyed that requirement.
St. Ivo, who influenced the development of canon law, wrote much. Many of his letters survive.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
APRIL 17, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF DANIEL SYLVESTER TUTTLE, PRESIDING BISHOP OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
THE FEAST OF SAINT MARY EUPHRASIA PELLETIER, FOUNDER OF THE CONTEMPLATIVES OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
THE FEAST OF PARDITA MARY RAMABAI, SOCIAL REFORMER IN INDIA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ROBERT OF CHAISE DIEU, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT
Almighty God, your Holy Spirit gives to one the word of knowledge,
and to another the insight of wisdom,
and to another the steadfastness of faith.
We praise you for the gifts of grace imparted to your servant Saint Ivo of Chartres,
and we pray that by his teaching we may be led to a fuller knowledge of the truth we have seen in your Son Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Proverbs 3:1-7 or Wisdom 7:7-14
1 Corinthians 3:6-10, 13-16 or 3:5-11
John 17:18-23 or Matthew 13:47-52
—Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 61