Sunday, August 18, 2019

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy Feast Day – 16 December – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of Saint Adelaide of Burgundy

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy is the Patron Saint of

  1. Abuse victims;
  2. Brides;
  3. Empresses;
  4. Exiles;
  5. In-law problems;
  6. Parenthood;
  7. Parents of large families;
  8. Princesses;
  9. Prisoners;
  10. Second marriages;
  11. Step-parents;
  12. Widows

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Married People who became Saints

Today’s Readings – Year C

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy brief life History

Date of Birth 931 AD
Country of Birth France in Europe
Profession Holy Roman Empress
Place of Work Selz in Alsace
Date of Death 16 December 999
Place of Death Seltz, Alsace
Feast Day 16 December
Beatification By Not Available
Canonization By Pope Urban II in1097
Patron Saint of Abuse victims;
Brides;
Empresses;
Exiles;
In-law problems;
Parenthood;
Parents of large families;
Princesses;
Prisoners;
Second marriages;
Step-parents;
Widows

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy Short life History

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy was also known as
• Adelaide of Italy
• Adelheid, Alice

She was born a princess, the daughter of King Rudolf II (Rupert II) of Upper Burgundy. Promised at age two in an arranged marriage as part of a treaty between Rudolf and Hugh of Provence. Married at age 16 to Lothair of Italy, who eventually became king of Italy.

She was widowed in 950 while still a teenager; Lothair was probably poisoned by his successor to the throne, Berengarius. As part of his attempt to solidify his grip on power, Berengarius ordered Adelaide to marry his son; she refused, and was imprisoned. She was freed soon after when the German king Otto the Great defeated Berengarius.

Adelaide married Otto in Pavia, Italy in 951. He was crowned Emperor in Rome, Italy in 952, and Adelaide reigned with him for 20 years. Widowed in 973, she was ill-treated by her step-son, Emperor Otto II and his wife Theophano, but eventually reconciled with her royal in-laws.

When Otto II died in 983, he was succeeded by his infant son, Otto III. Theophano acted as regent, and since she still did not like Adelaide, used her power to exile her from the royal court. Theophano died in 991, and Adelaide returned once again to the court to act as regent for the child emperor. She used her position and power to help the poor, to evangelize, especially among the Slaves, and to build and restore monasteries and churches. When Otto III was old enough, Adelaide retired to the convent of Selta near Cologne, a house she had built.

Today’s Saint Adelaide of Burgundy Feast Day Quote:

Though she never became a nun, she spent the rest of her days there in prayer.

Saint Adelaide of Burgundy Feast Day
Saint Adelaide of Burgundy Feast Day