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Heilige Maria van Afrika / Notre Dame d’Afrique / Our Lady of Africa , Algiers (1876) and Memorials of the Saints – 30 April

Onze Liewe-Vrouw van Afrika / Heilige Maria van Afrika / Notre Dame d’Afrique / Our Lady of Africa , Algiers (1876) (Feast) – 30 April:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/04/30/onze-liewe-vrouw-van-afrika-heilige-maria-van-afrika-notre-dame-dafrique-our-lady-of-africa-algiers-1876-and-memorials-of-the-saints-30-april/

St Catherine of Siena OP (1347-1380) Doctor of the Church, Dominican Tertiary, Virgin, Stigmatist, Mystic (Memorial)
St Catherine’s Feast is today but changed in 1969 (Roman Calendar, 1628–1969)
St Catherine here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/saint-of-the-day-29-april-st-catherine-of-siena-1347-1380-doctor-of-the-church/

St Marie Guyart of the Incarnation OSU (1599-1672) Ursuline Religious and Missionary ( Memorial)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/saint-of-the-day-30-april-st-marie-guyart-of-the-incarnation-o-s-u/

St Adjutor of Vernon
St Aimo of Savigny
St Amator of Córdoba
St Aphrodisius of Alexandria

Blessed Benedict Passionei of Urbino OFM Cap (1560– 1625) Priest of the Order of the Friars Minor of St Francis, Capuchin, Missionary, Apostle of the poor, renowned Preacher, Doctor of civil and canon law.
Blessed Benedict’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/04/30/saint-of-the-day-30-april-blessed-benedict-passionei-of-urbino-ofm-cap-1560-1625/

St Cynwl
St Dedë Plani
St Diodoro of Aphrodisias
St Donatus of Euraea

St Erconwald of London (Died c 693) Bishop, Monk, Abbot, Confessor, “The Light of London”
About this “The Light of London”:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/04/30/saint-of-the-day-30-april-saint-erconwald-of-london-died-c-693-the-light-of-london/

St Eutropius of Saintes
St Forannan
St Genistus of Limoges
St Giuse Tuân
St Gualfardus of Augsburg (1070-1127) Monk
Bl Hildegard the Empress

St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842) Priest, Founder, Confessor, Apostle of Charity.
About St Joseph Cottolengo:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/saint-of-the-day-30-april-st-joseph-benedict-cottolengo-1786-1842-an-intense-day-of-love/

St Lawrence of Novara
St Louis of Córdoba
St Mariano of Acerenza
St Maximus of Ephesus
St Mercurialis of Forlì
St Peter of Córdoba
St Pomponius of Naples
St Quirinus of Rome
St Rodopiano of Aphrodisias
St Sophia of Fermo
St Swithbert the Younger
Bl Ventura of Spello
Bl William Southerne

Martyrs of Montpellier: A group of 70 Mercedarian Friars, led by Blessed Luigi Puell, who were Martyred by Huguenots for trying to bring people back to the Catholic Church. They were Martyred in 1567 in Montpellier, France.

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Saint of the Day – 30 April – Saint Erconwald of London (Died c 693) “The Light of London”

Saint of the Day – 30 April – Saint Erconwald of London (Died c 693) “The Light of London” – Bishop, Monk, Abbot, Confessor, known as a miracle-worker, founder of a Monastery and Convent – born in the 7th century in East Anglia, Enland and died in c 693 in London.   He was the Bishop of London between 675 and 693, until his death. Patronages – of London, against gout.   Also known as Earconvaldo, Erkenwald, Erkenwold, Erkonwald.

Saint Erconwald was born at “Stallyngeton in Lindsey” (possibly Stallingborough, near Grimsby) in the early seventh century.   His father is variously described as Anna or Offa, King of East Anglia and a pagan.   Erconwald was converted to Christianity at an early age by St Mellitus, the companion of Augustine and first Bishop of London.   He then converted his younger sister Ethelburga and Baptised her, much to the fury of their father.   Ethelburga eventually fled her parents’ home with one servant to escape being forced into marriage with a pagan.

In the year 666 Erconwald founded the Monastery of Chertsey, on an island in the Thames, apparently at the junction of several kingdoms.   It is described as being founded in the reign of King Egbert, King of Kent  . The foundation was confirmed and richly endowed, by Frithwald, Viceroy of Surrey, under Wulfhere King of Mercia.   The Viceroy put himself and his son under obedience to Erconwald in return for prayers. Wulfhere confirmed this endowment.   There is a further charter of Frithwald and Erconwald, to increase the lands of the Monastery.

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Erconwald teaching Monks in a historical initial from the Chertsey Breviary (c 1300

Shortly after this Erconwald founded a Convent at Barking in Essex, intended to be a refuge for his sister Ethelburga.   The foundation charter, countersigned by Hodilred, King of Essex, provides us with a specimen of the saint’s handwriting.   In the course of building the house at Barking one beam was found to be too short and was miraculously extended to the correct length by Erconwald and his sister.

Erconwald remained as Abbot of Chertsey until 675 when he was Consecrated third Bishop of London by St Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury.   St Erconwald appears to have been the first resident Bishop and probably began the building of St Paul’s, although traditionally this was adapted from a pagan temple of old Londinium.   In 677 he visited Rome and obtained a number of privileges for his Diocese and Monastery from Pope Agatho I.st erconwald (1)

During his time as Bishop, Erconwald became noted for miracles and for evangelisation. He instructed St Neot, afterwards of Crowland Abbey and the two Kings of Essex, Sebbi and Sigheri, the former of whom afterwards became a Hermit in St Paul’s under Erconwald’s successor Waldhere.

In 690 Erconwald was summoned, together with St Wilfrid, to the deathbed of St Theodore.   Both ministered to him but Theodore was more concerned to speak to Wilfrid, whom he wished to succeed him.   In 692 King Ine of Wessex mentions his “Father Erconwald” who assisted him in codifying the Laws of Wessex.

Thus Erconwald is associated with the Kings of East Anglia, Mercia, Essex, Wessex and Kent, all of whom seem to have had interests centering in the Chertsey area.  The King of Sussex, Æthelwealh, was godson to Wulfhere of Mercia, so six of the Seven Kingdoms are involved in his story.

Towards the end of his life Erconwald was confined to a wheelchair, about which many stories are told. On one occasion a raging river parted to allow the Saint to cross in his chair, on another one wheel fell off but the chair miraculously did not upset.   After his death many miracles of the curing of illnesses were worked by the same wheelchair.

In 693 Brithwald, Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated Waldhere as fourth Bishop of London, so it seems likely that Erconwald died in that year, on 30 April.   He died while on retreat at Barking Abbey and there was the usual unseemly dispute over who should have the burying of him, between Barking, Chertsey and London.   The Canons of St Paul’s prevailed and despite a last-ditch attempt by the nuns of Barking, succeeded in capping their miracle with a greater.   (The nuns prayed for rain to swell the river at Ilford to make it impossible for the cortege to cross and to extinguish the candles but the men of London persuaded the candles to relight and the river to part again so that they crossed dry-shod.)   Despite all this he was buried in a common earthen grave where he remained until 1087 when a fire destroyed the Cathedral and everything in it, except the coffin containing his remains.   These were then translated to a splendid new shrine behind the high altar, where they remained right up to the Great Fire of London of 1666, despite the depredations of the Reformation.   He was venerated throughout the Middle Ages and today his Memorial is 30 April with further celebration remembering him on the Translations of his relics, being celebrated on 1 February and 13 May.st erconwald icon

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Feast of our Lady of Africa and Memorials of the Saints – 30 April

Our Lady, Mother of Africa: (Feast) North Africa, the land of Saints Monica, Augustine, among others, as part of Roman Empire began to become Christian in the 3rd century under Emperor Constantine. It remained Christian until the Arab invasions in later centuries.   The French re-established themselves early in the 19th century.
The first bishop, Bishop Dupuch found it impossible to build a church because the local population was hostile to the French.   He went back to France for assistance.   The Sodality of Our Lady in Lyon offered to the bishop a bronze statue of the Immaculate Conception with the understanding that she would be the Protectress of both the Mohammedans and the natives.   It was brought from France in 1840 and was entrusted to the Cistercian monks of Staueli.   Later, Cardinal Lavigiers, founder of the White Sisters, enshrined it in the new basilica at Algiers, where in 1876 the image was crowned. This bronze statue, very dark in colour, is known as Our Lady of Africa.
Pilgrims began to come to venerate the image where the lame, the blind and the crippled were miraculously healed and sailors came also, to beg for protection of their long and perilous voyages.   At this and other North African shrines the veneration given to Mary by Mohammedans is very marked. This feast commemorates the crowning of the Algiers statue.our lady mother of africa pray for us 30 april 2019

St Marie Guyart of the Incarnation OSU (1599-1672) ( Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/saint-of-the-day-30-april-st-marie-guyart-of-the-incarnation-o-s-u/

St Pope Pius V (1504-1572) (Optional Memorial)
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/30/saint-of-the-day-saint-pope-pius-v-1504-1572/

St Adjutor of Vernon
St Aimo of Savigny
St Amator of Córdoba
St Aphrodisius of Alexandria
St Cynwl
St Dedë Plani
St Diodoro of Aphrodisias
St Donatus of Euraea
St Erconwald of London (Died c 693) “The Light of London”

St Eutropius of Saintes
St Forannan
St Genistus of Limoges
St Giuse Tuân
Bl Gualfardus of Augsburg
Bl Hildegard the Empress
St Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842)
About St Joseph Cottolengo:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/saint-of-the-day-30-april-st-joseph-benedict-cottolengo-1786-1842-an-intense-day-of-love/

St Lawrence of Novara
St Louis of Córdoba
St Mariano of Acerenza
St Maximus of Ephesus
St Mercurialis of Forlì
St Peter of Córdoba
St Pomponius of Naples
St Quirinus of Rome
St Rodopiano of Aphrodisias
St Sophia of Fermo
St Swithbert the Younger
Bl Ventura of Spello
Bl William Southerne