Saint of the Day ~ March 27

SAINT RUPERT OF SALZBURG (?-718), bishop – Patron saint of Austria

Today, the Church honors Saint Rupert, a faithful servant of the Church who spent his life fearlessly standing for the Truth of Christ against those who lived in idolatrous practices.

Rupert (also known as Robert) was a member of a noble Frankish family. Noted for simplicity, prudence, and the fear of God, he was a lover of truth in his discourse with others, and was also far-seeing in his charity towards the poor. He was appointed bishop of Worms, Germany, and dedicated himself to spreading the faith among the Germans.

After being driven from Worms by barbarous idol worshipers, and with the patronage of Duke Thedo II of Bavaria, Bishop Rupert assumed the responsibility of rebuilding the deserted town of Iuvavum about the year 697, which was renamed later to Salzburg, Austria. Rupert rebuilt the town, founded a church, a monastery under the Rule of Saint Benedict, and a school. He brought in groups of missionaries and established a Benedictine convent at Nonnberg with his niece, Erindruda, serving as its first abbess.

Rupert died in Salzburg on Easter Sunday on March 27, 718, and is venerated as the first archbishop of this major diocese.

We commemorate his feastday on March 27.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, oodegr.com/english/biographies and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Pastors ~ bishop)

“Lord God, You counted Saint Rupert among Your holy pastors, renowned for faith and love which conquered evil in this world. By the help of his prayers, keep us strong in faith and love and let us come to share his glory.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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