July 29 – Saint Olaf II Haraldsson: Patron Saint of Norway

Saint Olaf II Haraldsson, Patron Saint of Norway (Feast Date: July 29)

Extract from St. Olaf Haraldson: “In his early youth he went as a viking to England, where he partook in many battles and became earnestly interested in Christianity. After many difficulties he was elected King of Norway, and made it his object to extirpate heathenism and make the Christian religion the basis of his kingdom. He is the great Norwegian legislator for the Church, and like his ancestor (Olaf Trygvesson), made frequent severe attacks on the old faith and customs, demolishing the temples and building Christian churches in their place. . . . He is thus regarded by the Norwegians of our days as the great champion of national independence, and Catholic and Protestant alike may find in Saint Olaf their great idea. . . . (In a battle), King Olaf fought with great courage, but was mortally wounded and fell on the battlefield, praying “God help me”. Many miraculous occurrences are related in connection with his death and his disinterment a year later, after belief in his sanctity had spread widely. . . . in London, there is on Hart Street a St. Olave’s Church, long dedicated to the canonized King of Norway. In 1856 a fine St. Olave’s Church was erected in Christiania, the capital of Norway, where a large relic of St. Olaf (a donation from the Danish Royal Museum) is preserved and venerated. The arms of Norway are a lion with the battle-axe of St. Olaf in the forepaws.” See PICTURE of Saint Olaf II.  See also: Olaf II of Norway (Multilingual),  Saint Olaf II (EN), Olaf (Olav) de Noruega, Santo (SP), Sant’ Olav (Olaf) Re di Norvegia, martire (IT), Saint Olav II Haraldsson ( FR), Święty Olaf  (PO).

We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Olaf II Haraldsson on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Terrorist Attacks at the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and at an island youth camp  (July 22, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 1 – August 14, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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