Sunday, June 05, 2016
I remember in one of my grade school history survey books, there was a colored picture of a suitably zealous Saint Boniface felling the pagan oak tree as he tried to convert the Saxons of Germany to the Faith. As I recall, the Saint Boniface in that picture looked more like a Viking than an Anglo-Saxon Benedictine.
But at least the image, inaccurate as it was, made the name of St. Boniface stay with me all these years.
Read more about Saint Boniface at Wikipedia, and The Catholic Encyclopedia
A Google image search failed to turn anything like that up. But Breviary.net didn't let us down.
Receiving leave from the Holy Father to bring the Faith to the Saxons
He crowned Pepin King of the Franks, making him a patron of the Carolingian dynasty.
We have an image of this martyr's primary relic:
And his bishop's mitre:
O God, who by the labours of blessed Boniface, thy Martyr and Bishop, didst vouchsafe to call many nations to the knowledge of thy Name : mercifully grant that we, who as on this day do keep his feast, may by his advocacy find favour in thy sight.
Saint Boniface, please pray for us!