Bayeux or Beauvais
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church,|
Eastern Orthodox Church, Western Rite Orthodox communities.
|Feast||December 29 |
August 30 (translation of relics)
Ebrulf (Evroul, Evroult, Ebrulfus, Ebrulphus) (517–596) was a Frankish saint, hermit, and abbot. He was born at either Bayeux or Beauvais. A Merovingian courtier at the court of Childebert I, he was a cup-bearer to the king and an administrator of the royal palace.
It was some time before he was given leave to go from court, but Ebrulf wished to become a monk so he arranged for his wife to be able to support herself (perhaps by placing her in a nunnery), and entered the abbey of Deux Jumeaux. He became a monk at Bayeux before deciding to become a hermit at Exmes, but at Exmes, crowds came to visit him and ask for his advice, so he settled in the densely wooded Pays d'Ouche in Normandy.
A legend states that he converted a robber to Christianity when the robber visited the rough settlement that Ebrulf had built near a spring of water, which consisted of a hedge enclosure and wattle and daub huts. The robber warned Ebrulf of the dangers of the forest, but Ebrulf informed him that he feared no one. Repenting of his own sins, the robber brought a gift consisting of three loaves baked in ashes and a honeycomb, and asked to be admitted as a monk.
This settlement became the abbey of Saint-Evroul. He founded other monastic houses, fifteen in total, all of which placed emphasis on manual labor both as a spiritual and economic exercise. Members of the nobility came to Ebrulf offering him money, land, houses to build monasteries. He founded, after 560, several monasteries in the diocese of Séez; one of them became the important Abbey of St-Martin-de-Séez.
He was venerated in England as a result of the Norman invasion, and the link between Ebrulf and England was maintained by the fact that four abbots from Saint-Evroul Abbey ruled English monasteries in the 11th and 12th centuries. They brought to England some of Ebrulf's relics. There was a feast commemorating the translation of his relics is kept at Deeping Abbey in England on August 30.
- Alban Butler, Butler’s Lives of the Saints (Liturgical Press, 2000), 230.
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