Above: St. Megingaud of Wurzburg
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SAINT MEGINGAUD OF WURZBURG (710-783)
Roman Catholic Monk and Bishop
St. Megingaud, born in Franconia in 710, was a student of St. Boniface of Mainz (675-754), the Apostle to the Germans and the founder of Fritzlar Abbey. St. Megingaud became a monk there in 738. He also taught at the abbey school. In 754 St. Megingaud became the second Bishop of Wurzburg, in Germany. In that capacity he was active in the affairs of state of the Frankish Empire. Fifteen years later he founded Neustadt Abbey and retired there. He spent the rest of his life as a monk devoted to prayer. St. Megingaud died, aged 72 or 73 years, in 783.
I have heard certain Protestants, regardless of where they fall on the liberal-conservative spectrum, speak of monastics as being useless people. This has not made sense to me, for, I have reasoned, if one truly affirms the power of prayer, one should not speak of men and women who devote their lives to it as being useless. St. Megingaud of Wurzburg, whether in or out of a monastery, was a useful man.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
JANUARY 20, 2017 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT FABIAN, BISHOP OF ROME AND MARTYR
THE FEAST OF SAINTS DEICOLA AND GALL, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONKS; AND OTHMAR, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT AT SAINT GALLEN
THE FEAST OF SAINTS EUTHYMIUS THE GREAT AND THEOCRISTUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOTS
THE FEAST OF HARRIET AUBER, ANGLICAN HYMN WRITER
O God, by whose grace your servant St. Megingaud of Wurzburg,
kindled with the flame of your love, became a bright 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.
Psalm 133 or 34:1-8 or 119:161-168
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 723