Feast of St. Robert of Newminster (June 7)   Leave a comment

Above:  The British Isles in 1190

SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER (DIED 1159)

Roman Catholic Abbot and Priest

First, the facts…

St. Robert of Newminster was an English priest who became a Benedictine monk at Whitby.  Cofounding Fountains Abbey in 1132, he became a Cistercian, a member of a more austere order.  Six years later the saint cofounded Newminster Abbey, of which he served as abbot from1138 to 1159.  St. Robert also founded other Cistercian monasteries and wrote a commentary on the Book of Psalms.

Now, interpretation…

Literacy was rare during the Middle Ages.  Also, life was generally short and difficult for most people.  Monks and abbots proved crucial to the preservation of Western civilization.  St. Robert, as abbot, had the time and background to read the psalms, ponder them, and write a commentary on them.  I thank God that such people lived.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 6, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER, YEAR B

THE FEAST OF MIDDLETON STUART BARNWELL, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF GEORGIA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS EDBERT AND EADFRITH OF LINDISFARNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS

THE FEAST OF SAINTS EDWARD JONES AND ANTHONY MIDDLETON, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS

THE FEAST OF JEANNETTE RANKIN, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE

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O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom,

to others the word of knowledge,

and to others the word of faith:

We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Saint Robert of Newminster,

and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-14

Psalm 119:97-104

1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16

John 17:18-23

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 720

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Posted May 6, 2012 by neatnik2009 in June, Saints of the 1100s

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