“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.”
Today, February 3, we celebrate the feast of Saint Ansgar (801-865), Archbishop, the “Apostle of the North,” and patron saint of Denmark, Germany, Iceland, and Scandinavia. Saint Ansgar traveled throughout Europe and Scandinavia, working miracles, assisting the sick and the poor, and bringing many to the faith. He is remembered for his tireless service to the Lord, and his carrying of the Gospel to areas still overshadowed by darkness.
Almighty and everlasting God, you sent your servant Ansgar as an apostle to the people of Scandinavia, and enabled him to lay a firm foundation for their conversion, though he did not see the results of his labors: Keep your Church from discouragement in the day of small things, knowing that when you have begun a good work you will bring it to a fruitful conclusion. Amen.
You sent St. Ansgar,
to bring the light of Christ to many nations.
May His prayers help us
to walk in the light of Your truth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.