Thursday, June 16, 2011

St. Clotilda

Joyous feast! St. Clotilda was Queen of the Franks through her marriage to Clovis I and it was thanks to her influence (and a battlefield victory) that Clovis accepted baptism in 496 and converted the Franks to Orthodoxy. After Clovis' death in 511 St. Clotilda remained for a time in Paris and at the center of Frankish politics, but later withdrew to Tours to live in seclusion and prayer near the relics of St. Martin, for whom she had a strong devotion.

After 34 years as a widow St. Clotilda reposed and was buried with her husband in the mausoleum church they had founded together in Paris. More on her life can be found here. May St. Clotilda's blessing and prayers be with us all!

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