Lent Madness: Andrew vs. Hildegard

 Joseph trounces Columba 69% to 31% — will face George herbert in Round Two. It’s not too late to cast your vote in the match-up between Joseph Schereschewsky and Francis. Only one more First Round contest! Look for Benedict vs. Matthias later this afternoon.

Check out the updated tournament bracket here: Lent Madness 2010

Andrew, an apostle of Jesus, was Simon Peter’s brother and a fellow fisherman called to be a “fisher of men.” In the Gospel of John we learn that Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist before being led to Jesus through John’s testimony. Andrew immediately recognizes Jesus as the Messiah and hurries to find his brother to share this news.

Little else is known of Andrew. It is held that he was martyred at Patrae in Achaia, bound but not nailed to a cross to prolong his suffering. The cross, formed as an “X” is known as the St. Andrew Cross. He is the patron saint of Scotland, which is why a St. Andrew’s cross adorns the national flag.

A Collect for Andrew: Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179) was a German mystic and nun who experienced powerful religious visions starting at an early age. When she was 42, she received a vision directing her to record these manifestations of the divine. Hildegard was a woman of many gifts — we have 100 of her letters, 72 musical compositions, 9 books, and 70 poems.

Hildegard wasn’t one to stay tethered to the cloister. She traveled and preached extensively and provided counsel to popes and statesmen. She remains a popular figure today not just for her writings and compositions but because of her ability to break down the gender barriers of the time. In an era when few women were given respect, she had the attention of the religious and secular elite.

A Collect for Hildegard: O God, by whose grace your servant Hildegard, kindled with the fire of your love, became a burning and shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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