Sunday, February 10, 2013

Memorial of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, OP

Perhaps lost in the shuffle this year, the memorial of Blessed Jordan falls on Ash Wednesday - February 13.  Here is a brief synopsis of his life excerpted from the Holy Dominicans publication of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN. The complete .pdf file is available here.

Blessed Jordan of Saxony was born at Burgberg, Westphalia, around the year 1185. While studying in Paris he was attracted to the Order by Blessed Reginald of Orleans and received the habit from him in 1220. On the death of Saint Dominic the friars elected him Master of the Order. For fifteen years he ministered to his brothers and sisters by his preaching, his letters, his edition of the Constitutions, his frequent visitations and the example of his life. More than one thousand novices were attracted to the Order during the tenure of his office. He directed Blessed Diana and her community in the way of perfection and governed all his subjects with gentleness and kindness. His love for Mary, the Mother of God, expressed itself by his decree that the Salve Regina was to be sung after compline. Blessed Jordan was shipwrecked and drowned on February 13, 1237.

Blessed Jordan of Saxony (article at Dominican Province of St. Albert) 
Dominican Saints 101: Bl. Jordan of Saxony (article at Dominican Province of St. Joseph) 
Blessed Jordan of Saxony and His Love Letters (article at GodzDogz - English Dominican Students)

Blessed Jordan, ora pro nobis!

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