Feast of Sts. Liphardus of Orleans and Urbicius of Meung (June 3)   Leave a comment

Above:  Map of Gaul in 561

SAINT LIPHARDUS OF ORLEANS (CIRCA 477-550)

Roman Catholic Abbot

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SAINT URBICIUS OF MEUNG

Roman Catholic Abbot

St. Liphardus was originally a successful attorney then a judge at Orleans, Gaul (now France).  Then, at age forty, he became a monk at Micy.  After a little time St. Liphardus became a hermit with St. Urbicius of Meung at a ruined castle.  They attracted so many followers (as hermits did frequently) that St. Liphardus founded the monastery of Meung-sur-Loire, serving as abbot until he died.  St. Urbicius succeeded him in that post.

During my research I found references to another St. Urbicius, one who lived centuries later.  And I could not find a year of death, although it was certainly in the middle or late 500s.

I like hermits.  A certain degree of introversion is essential for that lifestyle.  As an introvert (yet not so much as to desire to become a hermit), I understand the desire to spend time alone.  Solitude is essential to a healthy spiritual life.  And I do my best thinking and writing when alone.  Also, reading is best when nobody else is present.

Yet have encountered hostility to monastics in general and to hermits in particular.  With only a few exceptions these negative attitudes have been those of self-described Evangelical or Fundamentalist Christians.  Hostility to historic Christianity, as embodied in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, accounts for much of this.  Yet there is more.  My experiences with lived Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christianity have revealed it to be overwhelmingly extroverted.  One ought not dismiss the introverts, however; God has made and continues to create introverts and extroverts in the divine image.  Faithful responses are not uniform across personality types.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 28, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THE FIRST U.S. METHODIST BOOK OF WORSHIP, 1945

THE FEAST OF SAINT GUALFARDUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF SAINT PETER CHANEL, ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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O God, by whose grace your servants Saints Liphardus of Orleans and Urbicius of Meung,

kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church:

Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Acts 2:42-47a

Psalm 133 or 34:1-8 or 119:161-168

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Matthew 6:24-33

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 723

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