Posted by: anna | July 14, 2011

Nuns Ingrid and Matilda of Sweden

Today (1 July) I am once again dipping into later hagiography for the stories of Matilda and Ingrid, nuns in late 13th century Sweden. From Miss Dunbar:

St. Ingrid, July 1, 13th century. O.S.D. One of the patron saints of Sweden. Born at Skenning [Skänninge], of a noble Swedish family, and married young. As a widow, she set out on a pilgrimage accompanied by some very devout virgins, to Compostella, Rome, and Jerusalem. In 1282, her safe return to her country was miraculously made known to the inhabitants, who collected their silver vessels, each according to his means, and humbly offered them to the saint that she might build, with the price of them, a large Dominican convent in their town, where their daughters might be piously and wisely educated. She collected a number of nuns and pupils, to whom she set an example of obedience and all virtues. (See MATILDA OF SWEDEN.) Ingrid was canonized by Martin V. in 1414 or 1418, with St. Brynolph , bishop of Scar [Skara], and they were invoked with five other Swedish saints, as patrons of Sweden, in the prayer of the Mass for the feast of St. Nicholas, bishop of Lincopen [Linköping].

St. Matilda (10) or MECHTILDIS of Sweden, July 1, V. O.S.D. + 1283. In the time of Pope Martin IV., Rudolph, king of the Romans, and Berger II., king of Sweden, lived Matilda, a virgin of one of the most illustrious families in Sweden. She was given in marriage against her will, having made a vow of celibacy. She fled a few hours after her marriage, with the assistance of INGRID, whom she joined in her pilgrimage. On their return Matilda lived and died a nun in Ingrid’s convent. Vastovius, Vitis Aquilonia.
  • the Dominican nuns of Summit, NJ, feature a couple of icon style images of her (vad kul!) but as too often happens, don’t credit the photo sources. Having done a little research, I wonder if they realise what’s in the background of that icon – here is an account (in Swedish) of a visit to a place of monastic retreat, dedicated to Ingrid, built inside the walls of Skänninge Prison, in which the author shows that the icon was specially made for that place. May Ingrid’s prayers help all who come there for peace and healing, especially those whose lives have held very little peace or healing.
  • … Elizabeth prompts me to explain, as the pictures are very small – the chapel shown in the background of the icon is the one inside the prison, and you can just make out in the slightly larger picture, if you go to the Swedish blog post, the barbed wire surrounding it.
Heliga mödrar Ingrid och Matilda bed till Gud för oss.



  1. what is the background of the icon? it is a church from what I can tell…

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