Today we remember and give
thanks for Bernard of Clairvaux, Hymnwriter and Theologian. A leader in Christian
Europe in the first half of the 11th century A.D., Bernard is honored in his
native France and around the world. Born into a noble family in Burgundy in
1090, Bernard left the affluence of his heritage and entered the monastery of Citeaux
at the age of 22. After two years he was sent to start a new monastic house at
Clairvaux. His work there was blessed in many ways. The monastery at Clairvaux
grew in mission and service, eventually establishing some 68 daughter houses.
Bernard is remembered for his charity and political abilities, but especially
for his preaching and hymn composition. The hymn texts “O Jesus, King Most
Wonderful” and “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” are part of the heritage of the
faith left by Saint Bernard.
Collect of the Day:
O God, enkindled with fire of your love, your servant Bernard of Clairvaux became a burning and shining light in your Church. By your mercy, grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline and may ever walk in your presence as children of light; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.