Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saint Agricolus
Bishop

Feast Day: September 2nd
Patronage: Avignon

The son of a Gallo-Roman senator named Magnus, Saint Agricolus (Agricola, Agricol) entered the monastery about the age of 14, possibly after the death of his mother, and acquired a great reputation for piety and learning. Meanwhile, his widowed father, Magnus, received Holy Orders and became a monk. Magnus was named bishop of Avignon 16 years later, and he consecrated his son, who by then had been a priest for quite some time, to become coadjutor bishop. Saint Agricolus succeeded his father ten years later and became famous for preaching and aid to the sick and poor. He built a church in the city that was staffed by the monks of Lérins. He built a convent for Benedictine nuns.

Depicted with a dragon, Saint Agricolus, like Sts. George, Arsacius and Margaret of Antioch, is considered to have done battle with the devil–not utilizing his own weak human will, but shielded with a crucifix, much prayer, fasting and faith in his Redeemer. As bishop of Avignon, Saint Agricolus worked all the harder for the sake of his flock. 

Saint Agricolus died of natural causes and was succeeded by Saint Veredemus. He was named Patron of Avignon in 1647.

The cult of Saint Agricola increased in the 14th and 15th centuries. 15th-century documents record that he prevented an invasion of storks by his blessing. He is thus patron of storks and is depicted with them as his emblem. In 1647, he was declared patron saint of the city of Avignon by Archbishop César Argelli. Devotees prayed to the saint whose name signifies "cultivator of fields" for good weather, fine harvests, and rain during times of drought. He is also invoked against the bubonic plague and misfortune of all kinds.

Excerpted from 2009 Saints Calendar, Tan Books and Publishers
and Wikipedia

 


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