Oil Dedicated to St Florentius of Strasburg
The oil is dedicated to St Florentius of Strasburg. An Irish bishop of Strasbourg, France. He went to Alsace and there he became a hermit on Mount Ringelberg. After curing the blind and deaf daughter of St. King Dagobert II. He had the king’s patronage in founding a monastery. He appointed the bishop of Strasbourg and founded St. Thomas Monastery mostly staffed by Irish.
His Early Life
Bishop Florentius claimed to be of Irish birth and nobility by his biographers. Founded the monastery choosing the peripheral site with intent. The conversion of country folk being his main concern. He encouraged pilgrimages to the grave of his predecessor and countryman Arbogast entombed in St Thomas. This place associated in tradition with early Christian baptisms had also an altar dedicated to St Brigid.
The fame of Florentius whose bishopric not dated. But succeeded that of Arbogast is due to his two important monastic foundations. St Thomas in the periphery of Strassburg and that of Niederhaslach in a valley to the west of the city. There, where the Hasel streamlet descends the wooden slopes of the Vosges to meet the Bruche (Breusch) river. Florentius erected his first monastery with the help of his Irish companions. Excavations have revealed that his church, built on a Roman site. Was no mean wooden structure but a stone edifice with three naves in the Byzantine style.