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ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE – AN EXAMPLE IN ALL GOOD WORKS

ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE – AN EXAMPLE IN ALL GOOD WORKS

ST ISIDORE; BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – FEAST DAY: APRIL 4

Isidore, a Spaniard by nationality, was born at Carthagena, while his father, Severian, was governor of the province. He received a well-rounded and pious training from his two brothers, Leander, Bishop of Seville, and Fulgentius, Bishop of Cartagena, and he came from his masters a most eminent scholar in all human knowledge and a pattern of all Christian virtues.

A most eminent scholar

After the death of Leander, he was raised to the See of Seville and made Vicar Apostolic of Spain. As a bishop he set an example in all good works and was especially solicitous in restoring ecclesiastical discipline. In a council assembled at Seville, he broke up and destroyed the heresy of the Acephali which was then threatening Spain.

A pattern of all Christian virtues

So great was the universal reputation that he had attained for piety and learning that he had scarcely been dead sixteen years when he merited to be called the Outstanding Doctor. He wrote most useful books full of learning. He presided over the fourth Council of Toledo, the most celebrated of all those convened in Spain. Finally, after having governed his See for about forty years, he went to heaven from Seville, in the year 636.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST ISIDORE

ST ISIDORE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH; MEMORIAL: APRIL 4

St Isidore was born in Seville about 560 and appointed Bishop of Seville in 601. Isidore convoked various synods, notably the fourth Council of Toledo in 633, for the good government of the Church in Spain. He wrote a great deal, and was very concerned with the education of young people, founding a school which was much ahead of its time. He died in 636.

PRAYER:

Lord,
hear the prayers we offer in commemoration of Saint Isidore.
May your Church learn from his teachings
and benefit from his intercession.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

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