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Saint of the Day – 14 October – St Burchard of Wurzburg (c 752) First Bishop of Wurzburg, Confessor,

Saint of the Day – 14 October – St Burchard of Wurzburg (c 752) First Bishop of Wurzburg, Confessor, Monk, Missionary, English disciple of St Boniface to Germany. Born in an unknown date and location in England and died on 9 February in c 752 in Wurzburg, Germany of natural causes. Also known as – Burkard or Burkhard, Burcard. Additional memorial – 9 February, the day of his death.

The Roman Martyrology states : “In Würzburg in Austrasia, in Germany, St Burcard, a Bishop, who, originally from England, was Ordained by St.Boniface, as the first Bishop of this City.

In about the year 732, Saint Boniface, standing in need of fellow-labourers, powerful in words and works, in the vast harvest which he had on his hands in Germany, invited from England, Saint Lullus and Saint Burchard, who seem, by this circumstance, to have come from the Kingdom of West-Sussex. They were both persons of an apostolic spirit.

Saint Boniface consecrated Saint Burchard, with his own hands, as the first Bishop of Wurzburg in Franconia, where Saint Kilian had preached the word of life and suffered Martyrdom about fifty years before.

This whole country was converted to Christ, by Burchard’s work. After labouring for twenty years, Burchard exhausted his strength and with the consent of King Pepin and by the approbation of Saint Lullus, (Saint Boniface being gone to preach in Friesland), he resigned his Bishopric to Megingand, a Monk of Fritzlar, and a disciple of Saint Wigbert.

Burchard retiring into solitude in that part of his Diocese called Hohenburg, where he spent the remaining part of his life with six fervent Monks or clergymen, in watching, fasting, and incessant prayer. He died on the 9th of February 752 and was buried near the relics of Saint Kilian at mount Saint Mary’s or Old Wurtzburg, where he had built a Monastery under the invocation of Saint Andrew.

St Burchard’s Abbey c 1400

In 752, out of veneration for his sanctity, King Pepin,declared the Bishops of Wurtzburg as Dukes of Franconia, with all civil jurisdiction. The Emperor Henry IV. alienated several parts of Franconia but the Bishops of Wurzburg retained the sovereignty of this extensive Diocese.

On 14 October 983, Hugh, Bishop of Wurzburg and Chancellor to the Emperor Otho IV. authorised by an order of Pope Benedict VII, made a very solemn translation of Burchard’s relics. This day, on which this ceremony was performed, has been regarded as St Burchard’s principal festival.

Engraving by Johann Salver

The life of Saint Burchard was written by an anonymous author above two hundred years after his death and again, by Egilward, a Monk of Wurzburg. – Excerpted from Father Alban Butler (1710–1773) English Priest and Hagiographer (Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Principal Saints, 1866).

The Statue of St Burchard on Wurzburg’s Old Bridge

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