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« on: July 19, 2010, 04:22:23 PM »

Herman was born to a poor farm family in Althausen, Germany, in 1013. Afflicted with many infirmities — cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and a cleft palate — Herman was abandoned by his parents to a Benedictine monastery when he was just seven years old. It was here that he would live out his entire life.

Unaware of the mighty genius masked behind his frail and debilitated body, the monks, while generous in their care for him, left Herman to his own studies. By the age of twenty, it was obvious to all that Herman possessed wisdom greater than the most educated of men. He became a Benedictine monk in 1033 and continued to amaze his fellow brothers with his writings on theology, history, astronomy and mathematics. He became fluent in 4 languages, designed and fashioned musical instruments, and built tools to study the stars. As if he had some foreknowledge of his eventual blindness, Herman produced enough literature and academic writings to fill a small library.

In the secular world he is known as the most famous religious poet of the day. Within the Roman Catholic Church, he is known as the great author of one of her most beloved hymns, the Salve Regina.

He died in 1054 at the Abbey in Reichenau from causes relating to his afflictions. He was beatified in 1863.

The now famous beautiful prayer composed by Blessed Herman

             Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
            Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
            To thee do we cry, poor banished
            children of Eve, to thee do we send
            up our sighs, mourning and weeping
               in this valley, of tears.
            Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
            thine eyes of mercy toward us; and
            after this our exile show unto us the
            blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
            O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

            Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

            That we may be made worthy of the
            promises of Christ.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 04:28:32 PM »

The Salve Regina is still indulgenced too!  Cheesy

You know Bl. Herman is one of the earliest saints I encountered reading about them!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 05:55:11 PM »

You know,
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He became a Benedictine monk in 1033 and continued to amaze his fellow brothers with his writings on theology, history, astronomy and mathematics. He became fluent in 4 languages, designed and fashioned musical instruments, and built tools to study the stars.

Truly shows how timeless the intelligence of mankind is.

Bl. Herman ora pro nobis!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2018, 07:31:39 PM »

                    Herman was also called Hermannus Contractus or Hermannus Augiensis.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 01:58:57 AM »

Bl. Herman ora pro nobis!
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