St. Chrodegang of Metz

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/06

Also known as
    Chrodegand of Metz
    Godegrand of Metz
    Gundigran of Metz
    Ratgang of Metz
    Rodigang of Metz
    Sirigang of Metz

    6 March

    Relative of Pepin the Short. Brother of Saint Opportuna. Educated at Saint Trond abbey. Secretary to Charles Martel. Chancellor of France. Even while holding such positions, he went about in hair shirts, fasting, praying, and supporting the poor. Bishop of Metz in 742 even though he was still a layman. Chief minister to Pepin the Short. Ambassador to the Vatican. Mayor of the Palace. Involved in the coronation of Pepin as King of the Franks, the first Carolingian king. Defended Rome and the papacy against the Lombards. Worked to reform the Frankish Church, including educating the clergy, and encouraging them to live in communities based largely on the rule of Saint Benedict. Founded and restored churches and monasteries. Introduced the Roman liturgy and Gregorian Chant to his see, from which they spread to other parts of Europe. Participated in several councils.

    c.712-717 at Hesbaye, Brabant, near Liege, Belgium

    6 March 776 at Metz; relics, in the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Symphorien, were destroyed during the French Revolution

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