Oil Dedicated to St Gangulphus (Patron for Unhappy Marriages)
St Gangulphus of Burgundy was born Burgundy, France. His parents were the main supporters of his Christian upbringing. And when they died, Gengulphus had to start dealing with the inherited lands. That he was able to administer with prudence and wisdom. Gengulphus married a girl belonging to a noble family. But his wife did not possess all the virtues of her holy husband.
Gengulphus took part as a knight in the many wars waged by Pepin the Short. Later he preferred to devote himself to preaching the Gospel in Friesland. Back home, Gengulphus discovered his wife had cheated on him. Wishing her no harm he became a hermit in his castle at Avallon, France. On May 11 760 his wife lover killed him.
He was a man of outstanding piety and charitableness who served as a soldier under Pepin the Short. And whose martyrdom took the unusual form of being murdered (ca 760) by his wife’s lover. His name is entered as a saint and martyr in the Roman Martyrology on 11th May. Which is generally accepted to have been the date of his death.
Whilst being particularly regarded as the patron saint of deceived husbands and unhappy marriages. St Gengulphus also has traditional assocations with shoe-makers, tanners, glove-makers, horsemen, knights and huntsmen.