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Friday, February 25, 2011

Saint Walburga, Virgin.

Saint Walburga, Virgin.
Walburga was the daughter of the West Saxon Thane Saint Richard, and sister to Willibald and Wunnibald, all of whom were venerated by the Saxons as great Saints of God. Walburga became a nun at Windborne ; and when her kinsman Saint Boniface was evangelizing the Germans, she was sent, along with Saint Lioba and other nuns, to help him. The Abbey of Heidenheim, which had been founded by her aforesaid holy brothers, now added a house for women ; and Walburga held rule over both the monks and nuns thereof until her death, about the year 780. She is venerated under various names throughout France, Germany, and the Low Countries, where her feast is kept on May 1st.
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Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation : that, like as we do rejoice in the festival of blessed Walburga thy holy virgin : so we may learn to follow her in all godly and devout affections, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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