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    Celtic and Old English Saints 21 July =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * St. Arbogast of Strasbourg =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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      Celtic and Old English Saints 21 July

      * St. Arbogast of Strasbourg

      St. Arbogast of Strasbourg, Bishop
      Born in Aquitaine, France; died c. 678. Although the Irish and Scottish
      both claim Arbogast as their own, the 13th-century Chronicle of Sens by
      Richer and the Life of Saint Florentius, his successor, strongly support
      the claim of Scotland. His acta, however, tell us that Arbogast was born
      of a noble family in Aquitaine, France. His vita, attributed to Bishop
      Utone of Strasbourg (died 965), tells us that Arbogast was living as a
      recluse in the Sacred Forest (Heiligesforst or Haguenau) of Alsace when
      King Dagobert took an interest in him. The holy hermit was often called
      to court to share his wisdom with the king, who, about 630, forced on
      Arbogast the see of Strasbourg. Shortly after his consecration, Arbogast
      raised Dagobert's son Sigebert to life when he had been killed by a fall
      from his horse. Many other miracles are ascribed to the saint, but he
      was loved and famed for humility and wisdom.

      Because of the king's affection for the bishop, the see was endowed with
      several large estates, including Rufach and the old royal palace of
      Isenburg. Arbogast founded or endowed several monasteries, including
      Surbourg, Shutteran, and possibly Ebersheimmunster (although Saint
      Odilia's father, Adalric, and Bishop Saint Deodatus of Nevers are the
      principal founders of this last one).

      Apparently Saint Arbogast retired before his death, because the year
      before Dagobert offered the see of Strasbourg to Saint Wilfrid, who was
      on his way to Rome to challenge the division of his see. When Wilfrid
      declined, Saint Florentius was consecrated.

      At Arbogast's request, he was interred on a mountain in the place set
      apart for the burial of criminals. The church of Saint Michael was built
      over his tomb and Saint Arbogast's Abbey rose nearby. His second
      successor translated his body with honour into the abbey church. A
      church was built in his honour in 1069, but it was destroyed by the
      Protestants in 1530. His relics were scattered during the Thirty Years
      War (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Husenbeth).

      In art, Saint Arbogast is a bishop walking dryshod over a river,
      sometimes with Saint Sebastian (Roeder). He is the patron of Strasbourg,
      but his feast is also kept in several Swiss cantons (Farmer).


      Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine Abbey, Ramsgate.
      (1947). The Book of Saints. NY: Macmillan.

      Encyclopaedia of Catholic Saints. (1966).
      Philadelphia: Chilton Books.

      Farmer, D. H. (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.
      Oxford: Oxford University Press.

      Husenbeth, Rev. F. C., DD, VG (ed.). (1928). Butler's
      Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
      London: Virtue & Co.

      Roeder, H. (1956). Saints and Their Attributes, Chicago: Henry

      These Lives are archived at:
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