Friday, January 8, 2010

St. Gudula (c.646 to c.714)

The only real connection I have with Brussels, Belgium is that it was the first place I set foot in Europe. So, it will always hold that unique distinction. And, as far as my French ancestry goes (I am half French), the family tree goes back 15 generations to France with only one couple being from Brussels.
The city has two patrons, each often depicted with the devil. St. Gudula holds a lantern that Satan tries to blow out and, of course, St. Michael the Archangel is shown slewing him.
St. Gudula was born c.646 to Count Witger and St. Amalberga in the Duchy of Brabant (today's Belgium). She received her education from St. Gertrude of Nivelles, her cousin.
St. Gudula spent her life in religious devotion and died c. 714. Her feast day is Jan. 8.

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