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Saint of the Day – 17 April – St Landericus (c637-c720) Bishop, Abbot

Saint of the Day – 17 April – St Landericus (c637-c720) Bishop, Abbot Born in c637 at Hainaut, Belgium and died on 17 Apr c720 (aged 82–83) at in Soignies, France of natural causes. Patron Saint of the House of Habsburg. Also known as – Landericus of Meaux (Metz), Landericus of Soignies, Landry, Landricus, Landrich, Landerico.

Landericus was the eldest son of St Vincent Madelgarus (c610-c677) and St Waldetrude of Mons (c612-c688) and was likely born around the year 637.

That he was a Bishop in the Seventh Century is generally agreed upon but exactly where and when is unclear. Some accounts show him as Bishop of Metz, while others say he was Bishop of Meaux, both in France.

Either way, it is said he resigned his Episcopal responsibilities so as to become a Benedictine DMonk at the Monastery of Hautmont, in France and later at Soignies, in Belgium, both of which were founded by his father.

He succeeded his father as Abbot of Soignies when the elder died around the year 677. Abbot Landericus also died at Soignies somewhere between the years 700 and 730, depending on which account of his life is used and his relics are held at the Collegiale S. Vincent, the Church named for his father.

His feast day is 17 April. Locally, that is in France and Belgium, he is known as St Landry, while most compilations of Saints use the Latin name St Landericus.

In the truly unique and renowned Church known as the Hofkirche in Innsbruck resides a large Statue of our Saint. This is most interesting and leads us to believe that he must have been a much more illustrious figure than we can find information regarding his life. and there is also the fact that he is the Patron Saint of the Royal House of Habsburg. This beautiful Church was built to house the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I who died in 1519. The Church is also known as “Schwarzmanderkirche“ (literally “Black Men Church”) famous for its namesake “Black Men” – 28 over-life-sized Renaissance bronze Statues of important historical figures and Saints which flank the marble Tomb of Emperor Maximilian I. See below.


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