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St. Drogo of Sebourg
FEAST DAY: APRIL 16TH | LIVED: 1105–1186
St. Drogo had what many would consider to be a litany of suffering during his life. He is a French Saint born in the year 1105 whose mother died in childbirth. When he discovered this as a child he experienced a deep sense of pain over it. His father died when he was a youth as well leaving him an orphan. Because of the guilt he experienced over his mother’s death, he shed his worldly possessions and made continual pilgrimages to and from Rome. During one of these pilgrimages, Drogo was stricken with a disease that left him with unsightly deformations. Not wanting to offend the villagers in his small town, he built his cell attached to the monastery and lived there for 40 years with little to no human contact. He survived only on barley, water, and the Eucharist.
I need little Lord. I only need you.
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard
As it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
O Holy Hermit, St. Drogo.
Let us seek, as you did,
To not let our unworthiness,
Or unsightly nature,
Be a stumbling block to those who need you.
Let us seek freedom from this world
Secure in the cell of your love.