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Saturday, June 5, 2010

St. Boniface: Patron Saint of Germany

Today is the Feast Day of St. Boniface (680 - June 5, 754), Patron Saint of Germany.  St. Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being a elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic Tribes. He was killed in 755 at Dokkum along with 54 companions while preparing converts for Confirmation.

Here is the Collect for today's Mass from the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal:

"O God, Who didst vouchsafe by the zeal of blessed Boniface, Thy Martyr and Bishop, to call a multitude of peoples to the knowledge of Thy name: grant, in Thy mercy, that as we keep his solemn feast so we may also enjoy his protection.  Through our Lord. Amen."

"Ite ad Joseph!"

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