Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict – Saint Rupert, Archbishop of Salzburg

illustration of Saint Rupert, Archbishop of Salzburg, from the book 'Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict', designed by Father Amandus LiebhaberFrance has ever been fruitful in holy men, and among the holiest of her sons we may claim Saint Rupert. The Rule of Saint Benedict, which had been introduced into France by Saint Maurus, attracted the youthful ardour of Rupert, a scion of the royal house. Entering a monastery, he dedicated himself to religion. Though monastic houses are wedded to silence, the great sanctity of Saint Rupert soon became known, and many were the disciples who came to him for instruction and advice.

The desire of saving souls urged him to Germany, where Worms received him as its Bishop. However, the people of that city proved so hardened in wickedness that they flouted their Pastor, and eventually drove him with stripes from their gates.

His shoulders were yet sore from their blows, when his good angel directed his steps to Bavaria. There his missionary labours were so successful that he baptized Theodon, the Prince of that country, as well as a great number of his subjects. The place, known of old as Juvavium, now Salzburg, was selected as the seat of his Bishopric. Here he raised a monastery to Saint Peter. From the pious Theodon the Bishop also obtained assistance to found, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a great convent at Octinga, now Nunberg, over which Saint Rupert placed his own relative, Erentrude, as Abbess. By him were built several other monasteries and convents, in which the holy monks and nuns, who had embraced the Rule of Saint Benedict, never ceased in their devotion to the Mother of God.

This glorious Prelate, now aged, was nearing the time when he must go to receive his everlasting crown. In his departure from life he was fortunate, for on Easter Sunday, still alive, he entered the tomb prepared for himself long beforehand, and there died.

Some authorities give A.D. 623 as the date of his death; others place it about a century later.

– text and illustration taken from Saints of the Order of Saint Benedict by Father Aegedius Ranbeck, O.S.B.