Saint Arbogast, July 21

St. Arbogast

Saint Arbogast, Bishop
July 21
m. About 600

Roman Martyrology: In Strasbourg in Burgundy, Saint Arbogast, Bishop.

Ireland and Scotland compete for being designated as the birthplace of this saint who lived in the sixth century, even if the name Arbogast suggests rather an origin Aquilana or French. The rest of his life has come down to us through his “Life” largely legendary, done by his successor on the Episcopal chair, which seems to have some historical basis. But its existence and the reputation of the manufacturer of churches that are spread about him are attested by the detection of some bricks bearing an engraving of the name of Arbogast.

Since its the holy country, he therefore moved to Alsace to devote himself to the hermitic life; according to tradition, he resurrected a young prince, the son of King Dagobert, who was killed during a hunt, which took place near his cell. The king, full of gratitude to the saint, then appointed him bishop of Strasbourg. Undertaking the construction of the first Cathedral of the city, Arbogast then devoted his whole life to the care of the portion of the People of God entrusted to become unparalleled example of humility. He was always traditionally given the will to be buried in a hillside intended only for criminals. His desire was fulfilled when he died around 660 and this was followed by the construction of a church.

Saint Arbogast is revered as the main patron of the diocese of Strasbourg, as well as Co-patron of some nearby cities. He is also called on for relief in moments of fatigue.

Source: Santi e Beati

8 Responses to Saint Arbogast, July 21

  1. janette Heitmeier says:

    Was Arbogast his first or last name? If it was the last name, then what was the first?

  2. Arbogast Munishi says:

    i love my name Arbogast

    • Arbogast Blue Vincent says:

      Me too, i have researched this name back to rome, Early America, And other Great Historys. Arbogast is mainly German. Very Rare name, I Look just like the guy in the picture, could i be his reincarnation after 500 years? ahah flatter my self, im no saint, But i guess i could be.

    • Arbogast Blue Vincent says:

      Is there anymore information on this man? Also maybe the last name?

      • Anonymous says:

        As a francophile, I was visiting St. Arbogast’s chapel outside Strasburg. The is a small chapel next to the remains of what would have been a very large tree – where Arbogast, the hermit-saint, lived. The trunk was dead but cement patches covered holes in the 12-15-foot remains. My guide was a fairly well-known current historian of the Alsace region. She said he got his name because he lived in “arbo” – tree, in its belly – “Gast”. [As in gastrointestinal] The holy man who lived in the belly of the tree.

        I guess I’d rather give credence to this interpretation. People in Europe didn’t have last names until about the 15th Century. e.g., DuPont lived by the bridge – pont – and took care of it, charged fees for its use and maintenance. Arbogast? An unusual holy man who took up residence in a tree.

        I think I find name following reputation a more plausible method to assigning surnames. But since the Church had the scribes, they could write whatever was for purpose.

        My Polish family name came from weavers of straw mattresses. It’s original meaning was lost when immigration agents required a last name and an easy spelling. The point: Things got changed. Some changes were easy and expeditious.

        I like the notion of a guy living in the belly of a tree. Shows some ingenuity. Hard facts might be scarce from 600+ years ago when very few people read and wrote.

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