Saint Ansgar's Lutheran Church
Montreal - Quebec - Canada

Who was Saint Ansgar?

St. Ansgar is the patron saint of Denmark, Germany and Iceland. He was born "Oscar" of a noble family in northern France in the days of Charlemagne, 801. He became a monk at a young age and was well-educated. In those days, the Vikings were the scourge of Northern Europe and all were terrified of them. They were pagans. Ansgar felt the call of God to go and preach the Good News to these Vikings.

He was discouraged by his peers. They said to him that such a venture was dangerous and that he could lose his life. Nevertheless, he maintained his vision and trusted in the assurance of God. Equipped with tents and books, he and another monk set out in 826 and founded a school in Denmark.

It was tough. He faced many obstacles, dangers and setbacks. He was expelled a number of times, but always went back. While sharing the word to the Danes, they were actively attacking Christian cities; they raided Hamburg in 845.

Still, he planted the seed of the Gospel and it grew. He obtained permission from the two warring kings during the Danish Civil War to build a church. Christianity was recognized as a "tolerated religion. He also visited Sweden and it is recorded that in 854, a Swedish raiding party stopped and prayed for God's help in their endeavor. Ansgar died in 865. His over 40 years of tireless effort helped bring the Christian faith to all of Scandinavia and Northern Germany.

Yet he was just a simple monk, who answered God's call. What if he had said, "No, God. I cannot. I do not have the means. I am only a simple monk."? Read the pastor's sermon from the feast day of St. Ansgar, on the descructive power of these words, "I am only..."

Find Out More about Saint Ansgar

  • The Wikipedia Article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansgar.
  • Another Article: nobility.org/2013/01/31/st-anschar.
  • A Short Biography of St. Ansgar from our own website (2002)
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    St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church - Montreal: Last Updated: 2017/07/25