On the Kalendar: Saint Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard, known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, but she is most widely known as a composer, philosopher, and mystic. She was born into a family of minor nobility, but she was sickly as a child, and quickly offered as an oblate to a Benedictine monastery. It’s not clear just . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Hildegard von Bingen

On the Kalendar: Saint Deiniol, Abbot and Bishop

Deiniol is traditionally considered the first Bishop of Bangor, in the Kingdom of Gwynedd, Wales. According to Deiniol’s Life, he was the son of Abbot Dunod Fawr, the son of Pabo Post Prydain. Other sources trace his ancestry to Coel Godhebog, a chieftain in Strathclyde, which, at the time, was a Brythonic speaking region. (The . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Deiniol, Abbot and Bishop

On the Kalendar: Saint Evurtius, Bishop of Orleans

“September”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître des Triomphes de Pétrarque. From Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (France).

Saint Evurtius is something of a cipher. Almost nothing is known about him. He was apparently highly revered as Bishop of . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Evurtius, Bishop of Orleans

On the Kalendar: Giles of Provence, Abbot

Giles of Provence by Hans Memling

Giles of Provence, by Hans Memling (c. 1430–1494). From Wikipedia.

Giles was born in Athens, but he eventually made his way to Provence, France. He lived for a while in Arles, but eventually he retreated to a hermitage in the forest in Nîmes, across the border in the Occitanie region of France. It . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Giles of Provence, Abbot

On the Kalendar: Louis IX, King of France, Confessor

Mort de Louis IX le Saint

Louis taken prisoner during the Seventh Crusade, by Gustave Doré (1832–1883). From Wikipedia.

Louis IX of France is the only French king to have been canonized. Born in 1214, he was crowned king at the age of 12. As an adult, he successfully defeated Henry III of England at Taillebourg, halting Henry’s attempt . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Louis IX, King of France, Confessor

On the Kalendar: Saint Hippolytus

August from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

On the Kalendar is a series examining some of the lesser known feast days on the Kalendar.

“August”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître des Triomphes de Pétrarque. From Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (France).

Saint Hippolytus, who lived . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Hippolytus

On the Kalendar: Saint Blane

August from Les Petites Heures d'Anne de Bretagne

On the Kalendar is a series examining some of the lesser known feast days on the Kalendar.

“August”, kalendar page from Les Petites Heures d’Anne de Bretagne (The Little Hours of Queen Anne of Bretagne), by the Maître des Triomphes de Pétrarque. From Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (France).

In the early middle . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Blane

On the Kalendar: Saint Peter in Chains and Lammas

Benjamin West St. Peter Released from Prison

“On the Kalendar” is a series examining some of the lesser known feast days on the Kalendar.

St. Peter Released from Prison, by Benjamin West (1738–1820). From Wikimedia.

We start off On the Kalendar with a two-fer: There are two interesting feast days celebrated on August 1st. The first is Saint Peter in . . . → Read More: On the Kalendar: Saint Peter in Chains and Lammas

Lancelot Andrewes,
 Bishop of Winchester

Engraving of Lancelot Andrewes by Simon de Passe. From Wikimedia.

Lancelot Andrewes was one of the great writers and churchmen of his day. Born in 1555, he received his Master of Arts degree at Cambridge in 1578. He was quite a polyglot, having mastered most of the languages of Western Europe. Andrewes was . . . → Read More: Lancelot Andrewes,
 Bishop of Winchester

St Osmund

Celtic Cross

St Osmund was a Norman nobleman who accompanied William the Conqueror to England, where he was eventually consecrated second bishop of Salisbury (actually, Old Sarum). Osmund made a number of contributions to the early English church. First, he oversaw the construction of the Old Sarum cathedral, which was consecrated in 1092, fourteen years after . . . → Read More: St Osmund