Today's Saint (June 5): Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
Boniface (680-754) was born in Crediton, in Devon, at the end of the seventh Century. He became a Benedictine monk and was later sent by Pope Gregory II to Bavaria and Hesse in Germany.
Often called the Apostle of Germany, he was instrumental in converting many through his preaching and devout life.
Around 747 Boniface became Archbishop of Mainz, but left that position to return to care for the Church of Utrecht in Frisia, his old mission.
He was martyred, along with thirty of his monks, at the hands of the Frisians in 754. The accompanying picture is of the statue of Bonfice, in Crediton in Devon, England.
"Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." (The day's gradual, page E65, People's Anglican Missal)
Books worth considering:
Fox's Book of Martyrs
The Treasury of Saints & Martyrs
Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom & of Total Self Gift
St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts And Bolts Of Everyday Benedictine Living
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)