Above: Gaul in 628 Common Era
SAINT LANDERICUS OF PARIS (DIED CIRCA 660)
Roman Catholic Bishop
St. Landericus, a.k.a. St. Landry, Bishop of Paris from 650 to circa 660, helped the poor. Once, during a famine, he sold church fixtures to buy food to feed the starving. And the saint, in 660, founded St. Christopher’s Hospital, Paris. It was among the oldest Hotels-Dieu, or main hospitals in a town or city. St. Christopher’s stood until 1772 yet a new structure took its place soon thereafter. According the Encyclopedia Britannica and Encyclopedia Americana articles I read, the internal architecture of a Medieval Hotel-Dieu included great halls with rows of beds.
The medicine, technology, therapies, and architecture have changed, but the mission of church-based health care facilities of various denominations continues, fortunately.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MAY 10, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF THEODORE PARKER, ABOLITIONIST AND MAVERICK UNITARIAN PASTOR
THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTONY PIEROZZI, A.K.A. ANTONINUS OF FLORENCE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF FLORENCE
THE FEAST OF NICOLAUS LUDWIG VON ZINZERDORF, RENEWER OF THE CHURCH
O God, our heavenly Father,
who raised up your faithful servant Saint Landericus of Paris
to be a faithful bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock:
Give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of our Holy Spirit,
that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 84 or 84:7-11
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 719