December 16 – Saint Adelaide: Patron Saint of Prisoners, Abuse Victims, Large Families, Second Marriages

class="alignrightSaint Adelaide, Patron Saint of Prisoners (Feast Date: December 16)

Extract from Saint Adelaide: “The daughter of Rudolf II of Burgundy and Bertha of Swabia. She was married at the age of 15, to the son of her father’s rival in Italy, Lothair II, the King of Italy; the union was a political settlement designed to conclude a peace between her father and Hugh of Provence, the father of Lothair. They had a daughter, named Emma of Italy.The Calendar of Saints states that her first husband was poisoned by, his successor, Berengar of Ivrea, who attempted to strengthen his political power by forcing her to marry his son, Adalbert; when she refused and fled, she was found and imprisoned for four months at Como. She escaped to the protection, at Canossa, of Adalbert Atto, where she was besieged by Berengar. She sent an emissary to throw herself on the mercy of Otto the Great of Germany. His brothers were equally willing to save the heiress of Italy. Otto got an army into the field: they met at the old Lombard capital of Pavia and were married in 951; he was crowned Emperor in Rome, 2.2.962 by Pope John XII and, most unusually, she was crowned Empress at the same ceremony. . . . Her husband Otto I died in 973 he was succeeded by their son Otto II, and Adelaide for some years exercised a powerful influence at court. . . . In 995 . . . . Adelaide devoted herself exclusively to works of charity, restoring religious houses. She retired to a monastery she had founded in c. 991 at Selz in Alsace. She never became a nun, she spent the rest of her days there in prayer.”

Saint Adelaide, Patron Saint of Prisoners (Feast Date: December 16)

Extract from St. Adelaide: “Born c.931 at Burgundy, France ; died 999 at the monastery of Seltz, Alsace; canonized in 1097 by Pope Urban II. The daughter of King Rudolph II of Burgundy she was promised in marriage when she was only two years old, to Lothaire, the son and heir of his enemy, Hugh of Provence. Lothaire was killed when still young and Adelaide was to have a tumultuous life that paralleled the struggle for political power of the times, something she had come to symbolize. Having been sought after by various kings and nobles, after Lothaire’s death, she was finally married by Otho the Great of Germany who had invaded Italy. When Otho’s son – Adelaide’s stepson – the Emperor Otho II died, his son Otho III, a child became emperor. In 991, Adelaide was invested as the Regent of the Empire and she used her power as the effective empress to increase evangelization efforts, especially in northern Europe, built many monasteries and churches, and aided the poor.” See PICTURE of Saint Adelaide. See also: Adelaide of Italy (Multilingual), Saint Adelaide of Burgundy (EN), St. Adelaide (EN), Saint Adelaide, pray for us… (EN), Santa Adelaida (Adela o Alicia)Emperatriz de Italia (SP), Sant’ Adelaide Imperatrice (IT), Święta Adelajda, cesarzowa (PO). VIDEO: Santa Adelaida, emperatriz de Italia.


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

Kidnapping of Aid Workers in Kenya (June 29, 2012) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 2 – July 15, 2012.

Prolonged Incarceration of Refugees in Australia (Spring, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 7 – June 19, 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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