St. Bonifatius

St. Bonifatius

Saint Boniface, or Bonifatius is a patron saint of Germania and known as the "Apostle of the Germans". His feast day is June 5.

He died on June 5, in the year 754. He is venerated strongly today by Catholics in Germany. Bonifatius worked hard for destruction of indigenous Germanic pagan locations and sites. The legend has it that Bonifatius felled the Donar Oak, an oak that was a sacred tree of the Germanic pagans. He first started to chop it down, but a great wind suddenly, blew the ancient oak over. People were amazed that the God of the Oak did not strike Bonifatius, and converted. A chapel dedicated to St. Peter was built from the wood of the oak tree, a chapel that then was the beginning of a monastery.

Let us pray.

Merciful God,

Who hast shown compassion to so many heathen nations,through Thy faithful servant St. Boniface:

we humbly pray Thee to revive and preserve that faith which he preached in Thy Holy Name,

that we may receive Thy revelations with a faithful heart,

and so regulate our lives as to gain the Heavenly Kingdom.

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

R. Amen.

Preserve and increase, we beseech Thee, O God, the faith of Thy children,

and lead back to the true fold all those who have been separated

or have separated themselves from it.

Through Christ, Our Lord.

R. Amen.

Prayer Source:

Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944

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