The son of poor parents, Heimrad, a priest from Mosskirch (near Baden, Germany), took up the life of a perpetual pilgrim, journeying to Rome, and visiting the sites of Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Later, he stayed for a time at the German monastery of Hersfeld. Heimrad is considered an example of an unusual form of asceticism practiced by a few saints who sought to crush their pride and humble themselves by deliberately assuming eccentric manners, so as to be regarded as fools in the eyes of others. Heimrad eventually settled as a hermit on Mount Hasung (near Kassel, Germany), leading a very penitential and austere life there until his death in 1019. Heimrad’s monastic biographer adds to his account an unrelated but touching anecdote about Hersfeld Abbey, where Heimrad had once stayed. In 1037, all of the monastery’s buildings were destroyed by fire. But amid the ashes, the monks discovered their chapel’s wax Paschal candle, completely intact and unmelted. For many years afterward, a portion of this miraculously preserved candle was added to each new Paschal candle for the Easter Vigil.
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
The foremost Greek hymnographer, known as “the Melodist” because of the thousand compositions which are attributed to him. A native of Syria, he was of Jewish descent and became a deacon in the ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes