Feast of St. Bain of Fontanelle (June 20)   Leave a comment

Above:  Gaul in 714 Common Era

SAINT BAIN, A.K.A. SAINT BAGNUS, OF FONTANELLE (DIED CIRCA 710)

Roman Catholic Bishop, Monk, Missionary, and Abbot

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There have always been those who have sought to glorify themselves and those who have lived to glorify God.  St. Bain of Fontanelle (died circa 710) belonged to the latter camp.  A student of St. Wandregisilus of Normandy (died 668) (https://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/feast-of-sts-wandregisilus-of-normandy-and-lambert-of-lyons-april-14/), founding abbot of Founding Abbey in Normandy, St. Bain was a monk at that monastery.  Then he became Bishop of Therouanne in 689.  For twelve years the saint governed the diocese and evangelized successfully in the Calais region.  St. Bain must have felt drawn to the monastic life, for he returned to Fontanelle in 701 and became just  another monk.  He spent the rest of his life there, serving as abbot during his final six years.

It is good to recognize and honor those who have not sought to attract attention to themselves, who have preferred to honor God and to live as anonymously as possible.  They are among the giants on whose shoulders I, as a Christianin 2012, stand.  I revere their memory.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 17, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PASCHAL BAYLON, FRANCISCAN

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM CROSWELL DOANE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF ALBANY

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM HOBART HARE, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF SOUTH DAKOTA

THE FEAST OF WIREMU TE TAURI, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Bain of Fontanelle,

may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come;

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.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or 9:57-62

Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 722

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