Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Willibrord of Utrecht, November 7th

You really don't hear the name Willibrord so often these days...not a dominant name, but back in the 8th century, Willibrod was an Archbishop and Missionary sent by the Anglo-Saxon Christians to the Netherlands. What little we may know about him comes to us from the Venerable Bede (History of the English Church and People) - which I labored through in seminary and actually came to enjoy - quite some tales of the early Christians in England. So, today we remember Willibrord and pray that we might also have his courage to preach by word an example the good news we have found in Christ Jesus!

More information can be found HERE. Some excerpts are below:


Stamp honoring Willibrord on the 1200th anniversary of his deathWillibrord, first Archbishop of Utrecht, is one of the missionaries sent out by the Anglo-Saxon Christians about a century after they had themselves been Christianized by missionaries in the south and east of England from Rome and the Continent, and in the north and west from the Celtic peoples of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Our information about Willibrord comes to us from the Venerable Bede (History of the English Church and People, v. 10-11) and from a biography by his younger kinsman Alcuin (see 20 May), Minister of Education under the Emperor Charlemagne. Willibrord was born in Northumbria in England about 658, and studied in France and Ireland. In 690 he set out with 12 companions to preach to the pagans of Frisia (a region roughly coextensive with the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, including some adjacent territories and the Frisian islands in the North Sea). His work was interrupted several times by wars, and he left for a while to preach to the Danes instead. He died 7 November 739.

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