Posted by: anna | April 16, 2011

Lazarus Saturday and St Burgundofara

Today, the day before Palm Sunday, is in the Orthodox calendar Lazarus Saturday . And hats off to the Greek Archdiocese in the US for this series of pages for learning about the season and feasts (yes) of Lent and Holy Week. I’m learning lots!
Troparion, Tone I.
Thou didst give a pledge of the general resurrection before Thy Passion, O Christ our God, by raising Lazarus from the dead. Therefore, we too, like the children, carry the symbols of victory and cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the Heights! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.
 
In the calendar of early western saints for 3 April, we commemorate St Burgundofara (Fara, Burgondofare) of Faremoutiers (Brie, Eboracia). From Miss Dunbar:
St. Fara, Dec. 7, April 3 (BURGUNDOFARA, PHARA), V. Abbess. + about 655). Patron of Brie and Faremoutier. Invoked for diseases of the eye. Founder and first abbess of the monastery of Faremoutier. Represented carrying a bunch of ears of corn or one single ear.
St. Columbanus, when received in her father’s house, in her childhood, saw her carry in her hand a bouquet of wheat instead of flowers. He predicted that the wheat of the elect would be the portion of this little virgin, and that Jesus Christ destined her to love no man but Himself.
She was the daughter of Agneric, an officer at the court of Theodebert II., king of Austrasia, and Leodegund his wife. Sister of St. Cagnoald, who became a monk under St. Columbanus, at Luxeuil, about 594, and of St. Faro, bishop of Meaux. SS. Faro and Fara are called, in the old writings, Burgundofaro and Burgundofara, implying their descent from the Kings of Burgundy. St. Fara was born at Pipimisium, about five miles from Meaux, whether the modern Aupigny, or Champigny (or Spigny), is not certain, nor is the date known.
St. Columbanus being banished from Luxeuil 610, St. Cagnoald accompanied him, and took him to his father’s house, where Columbanus gave his blessing to all the family, and particularly to the child Fara, whom he consecrated to God. When she was grown up her father wished her to marry. She opposed his plan, and was seized with a dangerous and lingering illness, from which she only recovered when St. Eustasius, on his way to the court of Clothaire II., came to Agneric’s house, and persuaded him and his wife to consent to Fara’s taking the veil from the hands of Gondoald, bishop of Meaux, 614. A few years afterwards, Agneric gave her an estate, and built on it a double monastery at the junction of the Aubetin and the great Morin ; it was at first called Brige. The forest and district near it are now called Brie. The abbey was afterwards called Faremoutier, from its first abbess.
St. Fara established the rule of St. Columbanus, which was very strict. It was superseded by that of St. Benedict, but at what date is unknown. The fame of her sanctity attracted many holy women from various parts of France, England, and other countries, to put themselves under her rule at Faremoutier. Among these were SS. SISETRUDE, GIBITRUDIS, HERCANTRUDIS, also SEDRIDO (Saethrith), who succeeded her as abbess, and was an English princess, daughter of ST. HERESWITHA.
Among the first monks of the abbey of Faremoutier were Fara’s brother, St. Cagnoald, who on its foundation came thither from Luxeuil, and who became Bishop of Laon, 620 ; St. Walbert, father of St. Aldegonde ; Jonas, who wrote the Life of St. Fara and of some other contemporary saints. Her brother, St. Faro, who held a high place at court and was betrothed to a young lady of rank and wealth, came to visit St. Fara, and was so impressed by her holiness that he persuaded his destined bride to become a nun while he took religious orders. He succeeded Gondoald as bishop of Meaux, 626, and died 672, having helped and comforted his sister in all the difficulties and trials of her office.
The relics of St. Fara were enshrined 695, and wrought miraculous cures. In her will she left part of her estates to her brothers and sisters, but the greater part to her monastery, including the lands of Champeaux, where a priory was afterwards erected, subject to the monastery of Faremoutier.
Baillet, Dec. 7. Butler. Brit. Sanct., April 3, from her Life ascribed to Bede, but really by Jonas, monk of Faremoutier; and from the Lives of SS. Columbanus and Eustace, abbots of Luxeuil. Cahier.
More:
wikipedia on Faremoutiers
wikipedia on Burgundofara
Butler’s Lives of the Saints on S Fara and Faro
I wish there were an icon of the three holy siblings Cagnoald, Faro and Fara.
Jeune fille venant d’une noble famille,*
Le Ciel se manifestant à toi dès l’enfance,*
Saint Colomba t’imposa le voile des vierges.*
Malgré l’opposition première de ton père,*
Tu devins moniale au couvent de Faremoutiers*
Sainte Burgondofare, prie Dieu pour nos âmes!
Daughter of a noble family, *
From your childhood Heaven manifested itself in you, *
And St. Columba laid on you the veil of virgins .*
Despite initial opposition from your father *
You became a nun in the the convent of Faremoutiers. *
St Burgundofara, pray to God for our souls!
Holy Mother Fara, pray to God for us.
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