Ordinary Time: September 2nd
Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Other Commemorations: St. Agricolus, bishop (RM)
Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Ps 86(85):3, 5:
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
Gospel Verse, Jn 8:12:
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.
The Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Agricolus (also Agricola) (625-700), son of St. Magnus and bishop of Avignon. He built a church in Avignon to be served by the monks of Lerins and also a convent for Benedictine nuns. By his blessing, he put an end to an invasion of storks.
The son of a Gallo-Roman senator named Magnus, St. Agricolus entered the monastery about the age of 14, possibly after the death of his mother, and acquired a great reputation for piety and learning. Meanwhile, his widowed father, Magnus, received Holy Orders and became a monk. Magnus was named bishop of Avignon 16 years later, and he consecrated his son, who by then had been a priest for quite some time, to become coadjutor bishop. St. Agricolus succeeded his father ten years later and became famous for preaching and aid to the sick and poor. Depicted here with a dragon, St. Agricolus, like Sts. George, Arsacius and Margaret of Antioch, is considered to have done battle with the devil–not utilizing his own weak human will, but shielded with a crucifix, much prayer, fasting and faith in his Redeemer. As bishop of Avignon, St. Agricolus worked all the harder for the sake of his flock. St. Agricola lived from 625-700. He was named Patron of Avignon in 1647.
- For more information on this saints, see
- St. Agricola is one of the saints: Which Saint to pray for fighting against a Covid infection? A short survey
- The Church of St. Agricola (Eglise Saint-Agricol), built in the 1300s in Avignon, is one of the oldest Catholic churches still standing in Avignon, France. See these sites for more details:
- St. Agricola predates the Avignon Papacy, one of the black marks on the Church's history. However, that doesn't keep us from toasting to this saints' honor with some delicious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Read a longer history here.
- Agricola is the Latin word for farmer. It is unclear if St. Agricola's patronage for good harvests and weather is derived from his name or from his life. Either way, this is another saint to invoke for help and success in gardening, homesteading, and farming. And of course, the next time your land is invaded by a flock of storks, definitely call on St. Agricola.