Saint Days: Anskar, Bishop of Hamburg and Missionary to Denmark and Sweden
How did Christianity spread so quickly across the globe? One of the significant ways it spread was through the work of missionaries whose love of God compelled them to bring the Gospel to all. St. Anskar (801-865) is an important example of this missionary zeal.
From Christianized Saxony (N. Germany), Anskar was consecrated Bishop by Pope Gregory IV and was instrumental in establishing Christ's Church in Sweden and Denmark where he is considered the Patron Saint of Scandinavia.
This quote from St. Anskar is a beautiful one on which to meditate: "If I were worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that he grant me this one miracle: that by his grace, he would make of me a good man."
Let us remember St. Anskar as we pray: Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant St. Anskar, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of Scandinavia; raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.