Posted by: anna | July 10, 2010

two Frankish saints

Today (27 June) no British saints are listed, but a quick look at Miss Dunbar brings up two saints associated with the life of Ste Bathilde, Queen of the Franks, whose feast approaches: Ste Angadreme and Ste Bertille.
St. Angadresima (1), March 17, Oct. 14, June 27 (ANDRAGASIMA, ANDRAGASYNA; in French, ANGADREME, ANGAREME, or GADRON ; in the Martyrology of Salisbury, GAWDRYSYVE), V. + c. 695. Abbess of Oroer, near Beauvais. Patron of Beauvais. Represented marked with small-pox, carrying coals in her apron. Daughter of Robert, keeper of the seals under Clothaire III., and his mother ST. BATHILDE. Robert betrothed Angadresima to Ansbert or Austrebert, son of Swivin, lord of Vexin. As both Ausbert and Angadresima wished to remain unmarried from religious motives, they agreed that, if compelled by their parents to marry, they would pray to be preserved from any love for or human interest in each other ; Angadresima also prayed that she might lose whatever was attractive in her. She was soon afterwards dreadfully disfigured by smallpox or leprosy, which she regarded as a good excuse for breaking off her engagement without disobeying her father. Robert now took her to Ouen to receive the religious veil from St. Ouen, the bishop. Not long after her profession she was ordered to bring some live coals to light the candles. She brought them in her apron, which was not burnt ; this miracle is represented in her pictures. She soon became the spiritual mother of many nuns, whom she edified and governed for 30 years, in an abbey which her father built for her at Oroer, near Beauvais. Her life is gathered from that of St. Ansbert, who was to have been her husband. (AA.SS. Baillet. Bucelinus. Cahier.) In 1473, in the reign of Louis XI., the city of Beauvais was miraculously defended against the Burgundian army by this saint ; and ever after, on her festival, women and girls took precedence of men in the procession. Monstier, Gynecseum, March 27.

Tropaire à sainte Angadrême, higoumène, (Natalice eu 695 A.D.) Ton 5

Tu voulus imiter ton parent saint Lambert*
Qui menait la vie monastique à Fontenelle,*
Ton père te construisit donc un monastère*
Où tu servis le Christ sans discontinuer.*
Sainte Angadrême de l’Oratoire, prie Dieu*
Pour qu’Il accorde à nos âmes grande mercy!

Troparion: Claude Lopez-Ginisty, ici

St. Bertilla (3), or BERTILANA, Nov. 5, and Juno 27, V. + 692 or 702. Abbess of Chelles. Patron of Chelles, Jouarre, and perhaps of Marolles. It is more likely that it is by confounding her with her contemporary BERTILLA (2) that she has been called patron of Marolles. Invoked against goitre, swellings, sore throats, diseases of horses, storms, hernia in children. She was a member of a noble family at Soissons, in the reign of Dagobert I. Her parents at first opposed her vocation, but afterwards placed her in the monastery of Jouarre, near Meaux, newly founded by St. Ado, brother of her friend and adviser St. Owen, and where ST. TEUTEHILD was abbess. Bertilla acquitted herself so well that she was chosen prioress, and when Queen BATHILDE refounded the monastery of Chelles on the Marne, she begged St. Teutehild to send Bertilla and a few nuns to establish the new community. Bertilla was the first Abbess of Chelles, and ruled for forty-six years, during which ST. BATHILDE, queen of France, took the veil there. The English queen, ST. HERESWITHA, was probably a nun there when Bertilla arrived. Under Bertilla, Chelles became one of the famous schools of piety to which English ladies resorted when they wanted to be trained in monastic life ; some remained there, and some, after a time, returned to teach their countrywomen, and to plant in England new gardens of living trees bearing the fruit of good works. Bertilla was ambitious of martyrdom, but as no persecutors were forthcoming, she martyred herself with austerities. It is related that a nun spoke unkindly to her in a moment of ill temper. Bertilla did not answer, but prayed that God would judge between them. A few days afterwards the nun died. Bertilla, fearing that her imprecation might have brought this judgment, entreated the dead woman’s forgiveness. Thereupon the nun came to life, and said that she forgave Bertilla, and that God had forgiven them both. She then closed her eyes again in death. Butler, Lives. Baillet, Vies. Bucelinus, Men. Ben., June 27. Menard, Mart. Ben., Nov. 4. Giry, Dict. Hag.

Tropaire à sainte Bertille, higoumène de Chelles, (Natalice en 602 A.D.) Ton 1

Conseillé sagement par l’évêque saint Ouen,*
Tu renonças à la vie futile du monde,*
Et tu fus moniale au monastère de Jouarre.*
Et quand l’abbaye de Chelles fut réouverte,*
Tu fus désignée pour en être l’higoumène.*
Sainte Bertille prie Dieu pour notre salut!

Troparion: Claude Lopez-Ginisty, ici

Saint-mères Angadrême et Bertille, priez pour nous!

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