Today we also celebrate the Venerable Hilda, Abbess of Whitby. Saint Hilda was the grandniece of Saint Edwin, King of Northumbria. Turned from the pagan faith by Saint Paulinus, she was baptised as one of the first Christians of the British Isles. At 33 years old, she was tonsured a nun and under the guidance of Saint Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Hilda founded many monastic communities, the most famous one being Whitby, of which she became abbess. From the beginning of her monastic life, the Bishop Aidan saw her already-apparent spiritual gifts which flourished as time passed. Within 30 years, she had become a beacon of Christian life throughout the British Isles. In her monastery at Whitby, Hilda was not only the spiritual head of the female monastics, but also the male ones. It is said that this monastery was a “training ground” for both priests and bishops who went on to spread the Gospel throughout the Isles. Christianity, however, had already been spread to the Celtic peoples well over 100 years prior to entering Britain. Because of this, the Celtic and Roman traditions differed (although not in doctrine), especially when calculating the date of Pascha. Saint Hilda convened the Synod of Whitby to address this issue, and it was resolved that the Roman calculation would be used. (It must be noted that at this time, Rome was under the unified Orthodox and Apostolic Church.) Peasants, noblemen, kings, and even bishops would come to Abbess Hilda to seek her spiritual counsel, as she was considered the mother of Christianity in Britain. After many years of intense spiritual labour, she fell asleep in the Lord in 680 AD, and at the time of her repose, the Holy Begu was granted to see a vision of the Holy Abbess Hilda’s soul being carried up to heaven by angels. May she intercede for us all + #saint#hilda#whitby#abbess#nun#monastic#monastery#britain#britishisles#isle#monk#nuns#church#aidan#bishop#lindisfarne#edwin#king#northumbria#mother#holy#spiritual#faith#prayer#love#angel#angels#soul#orthodox#sophia
St Gertrude the Great (Virgin †1301 AD)
O God, Who didst prepare for Thyself a pleasant dwelling-place in the heart of blessed Gertrude, do Thou, through her merits and intercession, mercifully wipe away from our hearts every stain of sin, and grant us to enjoy her companionship.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
St Gertrude the Great was born 1256 AD, in Germany. Although little is known about her childhood, she was enrolled in a Cistercian monastery school in Saxony.
The Cistercians formed part of the effort to restore the Benedictine community back to a more faithful adherence to the "Rule of St Benedict.”
St Gertrude entered the Benedictine Order at Helfta and became a nun. She devoted herself to her studies, and received education in many subjects, familiarising herself with the scriptures of Church Fathers, including those of St Augustine.
In 1281 AD, St Gertrude experienced her first mystical vision, a series of which would continue until her passing. These visions altered her life, and she turned away from secular teachings to focus on studying Scripture and theology.
Happy birthday to Nick Degroat. Nick is a man of many talents and disguises. Some people say he can read your mind if you make eye contact with him for more than 3 seconds. I don't know if that's true, but I do know Nick is a good guy. Enjoy your birthday. #22#feeling#im#car#fish#nun#conquistador#nick
Elizabeth dari Thuringia, Janda dan Biarawati
Tanggal Pesta: 17 November
Dilahirkan di sebuah kastil di Sarospatak, Hungaria pada 7 Juli 1207.
Pada tahun 1221, ketika usianya masih 14 tahun, Elizabeth dinikahkan dengan Raja Louis, penguasa Thuringia.
Louis dan Elizabeth dikaruniai 3 orang anak dan menjadi keluarga yang bahagia selama 6 tahun.
Pada musim semi tahun 1226, ketika banjir, kelaparan dan wabah malapetaka menimpa Thungiria, Elizabeth menggantikan Louis mengendalikan pemerintahan dalam negeri dan mendistribusikan bantuan ke semua bagian wilayah yang terkena bencana.
Ratu Elizabeth juga mendermakan semua hartanya untuk orang miskin.
Dibawah Kastil Wartburg, ia membangun sebuah rumah sakit dengan 28 ranjang dan mengunjunginya setiap hari untuk merawat mereka yang sakit.
Pada 11 September 1227, Raja Louis meninggal karena wabah di Otranto, Italia.
Dihadapan jenazah suaminya, Elizabeth bersumpah tidak akan menikah lagi dan akan melanjutkan hidupnya sebagai biarawati.
Setelah diusir dari kastil oleh sanak saudara Raja Louis, Elizabeth dan anak-anaknya ditolong oleh pamannya.
Elizabeth berhasil meyakinkan pamannya untuk menjadi anggota Ordo Ketiga Fransiskan.
Dengan hartanya yang tersisa, ia mendirikan rumah sakit di Marburg untuk orang miskin dan orang sakit.
Namun, diusianya yang ke 24 tahun, ia meninggal dunia pada tahun 1231.
Setelah wafatnya, banyak mujizat terjadi di gereja dan rumah sakit yang ia dirikan.
Pada tahun 1235, Paus Gregorius IX menggelarinya sebagai Santa di kota Perugia, Italia.
Jenazahnya dibaringkan disebuah altar dari emas yang sampai sekarang masih ada di Gereja Santa Elizabeth di Marburg dan diambil alih oleh pengikut Protestan.
Tetapi, umat Katolik masih diberi tempat tersendiri untuk beribadah di gereja tersebut.
Agnes d'Harcourt (d. 1291) was an author and the abbess of the Abbey of Longchamp.
d'Harcourt became a nun and joined the convent at Longchamp in 1260, serving alongside the abbey's founder, Isabelle of France. During her time at Longchamp d'Harcourt was appointed abbess, and she remained at the abbey as a nun until her death. While serving as abbess, d'Harcourt wrote Life of Isabella, the biography of her friend. The book is considered one of the "most valuable works of the early French writer." Through her role as abbess, d'Harcourt was responsible for buying land, negotiating for rents, and securing royal confirmation of the abbey’s purchases; records also indicate her involvement in filing a legal claim regarding the enforcement of a will. Analysis of the surviving records reveals a female leader who was “more literate, more adept at dealing with written documents, and more forceful in legal matters than her contemporaries.” Two examples of d'Harcourt’s writing survive: Letter on Louis IX and Longchamp and The Life of Isabelle of France (the production of which may make Agnes d'Harcourt “the first woman to have written an extant work of French prose”). The Life of Isabelle of France is one of only three 13th century biographies written by women about women.
It provides insight into how holy women viewed their own work and the work of their sisters, without the use of a male intermediate or scribe.