Sunday, May 31, 2020

St Leander of Seville Biography – Feast Day: March 13 – Saint of the Day

St Leander of Seville Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

St Leander of Seville, Monk, Bishop of Seville was born on 534 AD in Spain, Europe. Worked in Seville, Spain. Died: 13 March 600 in Seville, Spain. Feast Day is celebrated on March 13.
The Memorial of St Leander of Seville – Saint of the Day Biography 

St Leander of Seville, Monk, Bishop of Seville Profile

Date of Birth 534 AD
Country of Birth Spain of Europe
Matrimony/Holy Orders Bishops who became Saints
Profession Monk, Bishop of Seville
Place of Work Seville, Spain
Date of Death 13 March 600
Place of Death Seville, Spain
Feast Day March 13
Beatification Beatified by N/A
Canonization Canonized by Pre-Congregation
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St Leander of Seville Biography

St Leander of Seville was the son of Severianus and Theodora. He was born on 534 AD at Cartagena, Spain. His family was known for their sanctity. They belonged to an elite family of Hispano-Roman stock of Carthago Nova.

Leander’s family moved to Seville at around 554. Their father Severianus is asserted, according to their hagiographers to be a dux or governor of Cartagena. Although this seems more of an imaginative interpretation since Isidore states he was only a citizen. The children’s subsequent public careers reflect their distinguished origin. Leander was the elder brother of Saint Isidore of Seville, Saint Fulgentius of Ecija, and Saint Florentina of Cartagena. Not only was he a Monk at Seville, Spain but also a Bishop of Seville. Their sister became Saint Florentina and was an abbess who directed 40 convents and 1000 nuns. Their third brother, Fulgentius, was appointed Bishop of Écija at the first triumph of Catholicism over Arianism, but of whom little is known about him.

St Leander of Seville Religious Life

St Leander converted Saint Hermengild and Prince Reccared, who happened to be the sons of the Arian Visigoth King Leovigild, who then exiled Leander to Constantinople from 579 to 582. While in exile he became friends with the papal legate who later on became Pope Saint Gregory the Great. Leander then recommended that Gregory write his famous commentary (Moralia) on the book of Job

When Reccared levitates the throne, St Leander was allowed to go back to Seville. He worked against Arianism and presided over the Third Council of Toledo on 589. Leander revised and unified the Spanish liturgy, and his boundless energy and steady faith led to the Visigoths back to orthodox Christianity. He wrote an influential Rule for nuns. Leander introduced the Nicene Creed to Mass in the west. Honored as a Doctor of the Faith by the Church in Spain.

Today’s St Leander Quote:


St Leander of Seville
St Leander of Seville

From the top to bottom, only the Visigothic nobles and the kings were Arians. The dangers of Catholic Christianity were more political from a modern standpoint. The hierarchy of the Catholic was in collusion with the representatives of the Byzantine emperor. They had maintained a substantial territory in the far south of Hispania since his predecessor had been invited to the peninsula by the former Visigothic king several decades before. While in the north, Liuvigild fought to maintain his possessions on the far side of the Pyrenees. A place where his Merovingian cousins and brothers-in-law cast envious eyes on them.

St Leander’s Works

Of this writer, only two works remains of which are: De institutione virginum et contemptu mundi, a monastic rule that is composed for his sister, and Homilia de triumpho ecclesiæ ob conversionem Gothorum. Saint Isidore wrote about his brother stating: “This man of suave eloquence and eminent talent shone as brightly by his virtues as by his doctrine. By the zeal and his faith the Gothic people have been transformed from Arianism to the Catholic faith”.

St Leander’s Legacy

San Leandro city in the US state of California gets its name after St Leander.