St. Alcuin, Deacon and Abbot of Tours, AD 804
-A scholar and a saint. For those of us approaching exams or compiling summer language study plans, St. Alcuin offers a gentle reminder that the perilous and prideful work of the academy, while dangerous, may in time and grace lend themselves to the imitation of our Lord.
Alcuin was a Benedictine scholar and counselor to Charlemagne, sometimes called Alcuin of York. He was ordained a deacon and became headmaster of the York cathedral school. Charlemagne invited Alcuin to become the minister of education for the Frankish court, where Alcuin also founded a school and tutored the emperor. He was known for his holiness and scholarly wisdom, writing theological and liturgical treatises, and for his contributions to the Carolingian Renaissance.
Feast Day: May 20.
Almighty God, in a rude and barbarous age you raised up your deacon Alcuin to rekindle the light of learning: Illumine our minds, we pray, that amid the uncertainties and confusions of our own time we may show forth your eternal truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.