July 3rd - St. Germanus of the Isle of Man
- From: "Traudel" <hildegard8@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 11:49:02 -0500
July 3rd - St. Germanus of the Isle of Man, Bishop
Born c. 410; died in Normandy, c. 474; today is his feast on the Isle of
Man; in Wales it is kept on July 31 or October 1 (because of the confusion
with another Germanus whose feast was on that day).
"The presence of a number of dedications in North Wales and Cornwall,
sometimes wrongly attributed to Germanus of Auxerre, together with
references to German in Lives of Celtic saints which are chronologically
impossible for Germanus, has led Celtic scholars to seek at least one other
German to explain them."
Tradition tells us that Saint Germanus was a nephew of Saint Patrick. We are
also told that when Saint Germanus of Auxerre (f.d. July 31) visited Britain
in 448 AD to refute the Pelagians, he met an Irish colonist whose son became
his disciple and chose his master's name for himself. Baring-Gould reports
that Germanus of Man was born in Brittany and went to Ireland to work with
He was a missionary monk in Ireland, in Wales under Saints Brioc (f.d. May
1) and Illtyd (f.d. November 6), and Brittany. Germanus left Brittany to
meet Patrick in Britain about 462. There he engaged in a magic contest with
Gwrtheyrn. After that he returned to Ireland (c. 466) eventually to become
the bishop of the Isle of Man during the lifetime of Patrick.
After evangelising in Wales, his name is traced in Spain and Gaul. His
martyrdom is recorded in Normandy. His memory is preserved in place names,
such as Jarman and Gremain, in areas such as Caernavonshire, Denbighshire,
Montgomeryshire, and Radnorshire. His name is also found in the Acts of
Kieran and those of other early Irish saints. Leland mentions a pilgrimage
to Garmon ("Armon") at Llanarmon yn Ial, where votive offerings were made to
a statue in sacerdotal vestments (Baring-Gould, Benedictines, D'Arcy,
Farmer, Leland, Moran).
Troparion of St German tone 2
Nephew of Patrick and missionary in Ireland,
/ thou didst spread the Faith in many lands.
/ From Wales to Brittany, and thence to the Isle of Man,
/ thou didst glorify Christ wherever thou didst tread.
/ Pray to Christ to save our souls.
Perfection consists in one thing alone, which is doing the will of God. For,
according to Our Lord's words, it suffices for perfection to deny self, to
take up the cross and to follow Him.
-St. Vincent de Paul
39 A going away again, he prayed, saying the same words. (Mark 14:39)
The Fiery Prayer
for the Apostles of the Latter Times
Formed by the Holy Spirit in Mary
Remember, O Lord, O Holy Spirit, remember to produce and to form children of
God with Thy divine and faithful Spouse, Mary. Thou did form Jesus Christ,
the Chief of the predestined, with Her and in Her. It is with Her and in Her
that Thou should form all His members; Thou did beget no divine person in
the Divinity; but it is Thou alone Who forms all holy persons out of the
Divinity; and all the saints that have been or shall be until the end of the
world are so many works of Thy love united with Mary. The special reign of
God the Father lasted until the Deluge, and was concluded by a deluge of
water. The reign of Jesus Christ was concluded by a deluge of Blood. But Thy
reign, Spirit of the Father and of the Son, continues at the present time
and will be concluded by deluge of fire, of love, of justice.
When shall it come, this deluge of fire and pure love, which Thou art to
enkindle in all the earth with so much strength and sweetness that all
nations, Turks, idolaters, even the Jews, will burn with it and be
converted? And there is no one who can hide himself from his heat (Ps.
May it be enkindled: May this divine fire, which Jesus Christ came to bring
the world be enkindled before that of Thy anger, which will reduce
everything to ashes. Send forth Thy spirit and they shall be created; and
Thou shalt renew the face of the earth (Ps. 103:30). Send forth the spirit
of fire upon the earth to create priests all aflame, by whose ministry the
face of the earth may be renewed and the Church reformed.
Remember Thy congregation, O Lord: It is a congregation, an assembly, a
choice selection of predestined souls, which Thou must make in the world and
of the world: I have chosen you out of the world (John 15:19). It is a flock
of peaceful sheep which Thou must collect from among the wolves; a company
of chaste doves and royal eagles from among so many ravens; a swarm of honey
bees from among so many wasps; a herd of fleet deer from among so many
tortoises; a battalion of courageous lions from among so many timid hares.
Ah! Lord: Gather us from among the nations (Ps. 105:47). Call us together,
unite us, that we may render all glory to Thy holy and powerful name.
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