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St. Gangolf

Saint Gangolf of Burgundy


Gangulphus, also known as Gangolf among other variations, was born to a prominent Burgundian noble family in the eighth century. A true model of Catholic nobility, Gangolf was deeply pious, good to the poor, and treated all under his rule with justice and moderation. He served his king loyally in battle when called upon, while actively preaching the Gospel wherever he went. He did not marry wisely, however, and his wife was regularly unfaithful to him whenever he was away from home. Gangolf was deeply ashamed of her sinful and scandalous behavior, but dealt with the situation quietly and patiently. He separated from his wife physically, leaving servants and funds enough to care for her needs, and took up a life of penance and reparation. Yet his wife resented his continued attempts to convert her, and sent her paramour to murder Gangolf in his bed at night. The assassin succeeded in mortally wounding the nobleman, who died after receiving the sacraments, in the year of Our Lord 760. His widow and her lover both died of illness soon after the murder, while Gangolf was hailed as a martyr. In the region of Europe around Burgundy, he is still known as a patron of difficult marriages and victims of adultery.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 11th

AT Rome, on the Salarian road, the birthday of blessed Anthimus, priest, who, after having distinguished himself by his virtues and preaching, was precipitated into the Tiber, in the persecution of Diocletian. He was rescued by an angel, and restored to his oratory. Being afterwards decapitated, he went victoriously to heaven.

The same day, St. Evelius, martyr, who belonged to the household of Nero. On seeing the martyrdom of St. Torpes, he believed in Christ, and for Him was beheaded.

Also, at Rome, the holy martyrs Maximus, Bassus, and Fabius, who were put to death on the Salarian way, in the time of Diocletian.

At Camerino, the holy martyrs Anastasius and his companions, who were killed in the persecution of Decius, under the governor Antiochus.

At Osimo, in the March of Ancona, the holy martyrs Sisinus, a deacon, Diocletius and Florentius, disciples of the priest St. Anthimus, who consummated their martyrdom under Diocletian by being overwhelmed with stones.

At Varennes, St. Gangulpus, martyr.

At Vienne, St. Mamertus, bishop, who, to avert an impending calamity, instituted in that city the three days’ Litanies immediately before the Ascension of our Lord. This rite was afterwards received and approved by the universal Church.

At Souvigny, the decease of St. Maieul, abbot of Cluny, whose life was distinguished for merits and holiness.

At San Severino, in the March of Ancona, St. Illuminatus, confessor.

At Grottaglia, in the diocese of Taranto, St. Francis Girolamo, confessor, of the Society of Jesus, renowned for his zeal for the salvation of souls, and for his patience. He was canonized by pope Gregory XVI. The day of his death is celebrated with great solemnity in the church of the professed house, at Naples, where his body rests.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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