Preface of Apostles
[Common of a Missionary]
[Common of a Pastor]
[For the Ministry II]
[For the Mission of the Church]
PRAYER (traditional language)
Almighty and everlasting God, who didst call thy servant Willibrord to proclaim thy Gospel to the people of the Low Countries: Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of thy kingdom, that thy Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Almighty and everlasting God, who called your servant Willibrord to proclaim your Gospel to the people of the Low Countries: Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lessons revised at GC 2009; collects revised at GC 2015.
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Last updated: 12 Sept. 2015
WILLIBRORD OF UTRECHT
ARCHBISHOP AND MISSIONARY (NOV 7, 739)
first Archbishop of Utrecht, is one of the missionaries sent out by the
Anglo-Saxon Christians about a century after they had themselves been
Christianized by missionaries in the south and east of England from Rome
and the Continent, and in the north and west from the Celtic peoples of
Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Our information about Willibrord comes to us from the
Venerable Bede (History of the English Church and People, v. 10-11)
and from a biography by his younger kinsman Alcuin (see 20 May), Minister
of Education under the Emperor Charlemagne. Willibrord was born in Northumbria
in England about 658, and studied in France and Ireland. In 690 he set
out with 12 companions to preach to the pagans of Frisia (a region roughly
coextensive with the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, including
some adjacent territories and the Frisian islands in the North Sea). His
work was interrupted several times by wars, and he left for a while to
preach to the Danes instead. He died 7 November 739.
Willibrord is a symbol of ties between the Christians
of England and those of Holland. Today the historic See of Utrecht is
in full communion with the Church of England.
by James Kiefer
(These stamps honor Willibrord because
of his founding of the Abbey at Echternach, in Luxemburg, and were used
to aid renovations there.)