Ansgar

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[[Image:Ansgar.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Ansgar, etching by Hugo Hamilton (1830)]]
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[[File:Der-Ansgar.jpg|thumb|right|St. Ansgar, Bishop of Hamburg & Bremen.]]
Our Father Among the Saints '''Ansgar''', Apostle of the North and Enlightener of Denmark (also '''Anskar''' or '''Oscar'''), ([[September 8]](?), 801 - [[February 3]], 865) was archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen.  His [[feast day]] is [[February 3]].
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[[Image:Ansgar.jpg|thumb|right|St. Ansgar, etching by Hugo Hamilton (1830)]]
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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Ansgar''' (also '''Anskar''' or '''Oscar'''), [[Apostle]] of the North and [[Enlightener]] of Denmark and Sweden, ([[September 8]](?), 801 – [[February 3]], 865) was [[archbishop]] of Hamburg-Bremen.  His [[feast day]] is celebrated on the date of his repose, February 3.
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
Ansgar was born in Amiens.  He had for a period resided with the baptized Danish king Harald Klak and when Louis the Pious at Worms in 829 was requested by two representatives from Sweden and the Swedish king Björn at Hauge, he appointed Ansgar missionary.  The representatives had claimed that the several Swedes were willing to convert to Christianity.  Ansgar arrived at Birka in 829, with his aide friar Witmar, and a small congregation was formed in 831, which included the king's own steward Hergeir as the most prominent member.  The see of Hamburg was designated a "Mission to bring Christianity to the North," and thus St. Ansgar became known as the ''Apostle of the North''.
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Ansgar was born in Amiens.  He had for a period resided with the [[baptism|baptized]] Danish king Harald Klak, and when Louis the Pious at Worms in 829 was requested by two representatives from Sweden and the Swedish king Björn at Hauge, he appointed Ansgar [[missionary]].  The representatives had claimed that the several Swedes were willing to [[conversion|convert]] to Christianity.  Ansgar arrived at Birka in 829, with his aide friar Witmar, and a small [[congregation]] was formed in 831, which included the king's own steward Hergeir as the most prominent member.  The see of Hamburg was designated a "Mission to bring Christianity to the North," and thus St. Ansgar became known as the ''Apostle of the North''.
  
He died 865 in Bremen.  His [[hagiography]] was written by his successor as [[archbishop]], Rimbert, in ''Vita Ansgari''.
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He died in 865 in Bremen.  His [[hagiography]] was written by his successor as [[archbishop]], Rimbert of Turholt, in ''Vita Ansgari''.
  
A statue dedicated to him stands in Hamburg as well as a stone cross at Birka.
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A statue dedicated to him stands in Hamburg, and a stone cross at Birka.
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
* [http://www.skolinternet.telia.se/TIS/birka/texteng/hist.htm Ansgar at Birka] - History of Birka
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* [http://www.orthodoxengland.btinternet.co.uk/servansg.htm Commemoration of Our Father among the Saints Ansgar, Archbishop of Bremen & Hamburg, Enlightener of Denmark & the North] Composed by [[Reader]] [[Isaac Lambertson]]
* [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/anskar.html ''Vita Ansgari''], English translation from Medieval sourcebook
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* [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/anskar.html ''Vita Ansgari''], English translation from the ''Internet Medieval Sourcebook''
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* [http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/subject/hd/fak7/hist/c1/de/gen/gen/grmnhist/log.started920201/mail-16.html "A Brief History of Saint Anskar, Patron of Germany, Archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen (A.D. 865)"] ''Butler's Lives of Patron Saints''. Edited by Michael Walsh. Harper & Row, Publishers: San Francisco, 1987.
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* [[w::Ansgar|Ansgar]]. Wikipedia.
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* Great [[Synaxarion|Synaxaristes]]: {{el icon}} ''[http://www.synaxarion.gr/gr/sid/2008/sxsaintinfo.aspx Ὁ Ὅσιος Ἀνσέριος ὁ Ἀπόστολος τῆς Δανίας καὶ τῆς Σκανδιναβίας].'' 3 Φεβρουαρίου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.
  
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St. Ansgar, Bishop of Hamburg & Bremen.
St. Ansgar, etching by Hugo Hamilton (1830)

Our father among the saints Ansgar (also Anskar or Oscar), Apostle of the North and Enlightener of Denmark and Sweden, (September 8(?), 801 – February 3, 865) was archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen. His feast day is celebrated on the date of his repose, February 3.

Life

Ansgar was born in Amiens. He had for a period resided with the baptized Danish king Harald Klak, and when Louis the Pious at Worms in 829 was requested by two representatives from Sweden and the Swedish king Björn at Hauge, he appointed Ansgar missionary. The representatives had claimed that the several Swedes were willing to convert to Christianity. Ansgar arrived at Birka in 829, with his aide friar Witmar, and a small congregation was formed in 831, which included the king's own steward Hergeir as the most prominent member. The see of Hamburg was designated a "Mission to bring Christianity to the North," and thus St. Ansgar became known as the Apostle of the North.

He died in 865 in Bremen. His hagiography was written by his successor as archbishop, Rimbert of Turholt, in Vita Ansgari.

A statue dedicated to him stands in Hamburg, and a stone cross at Birka.

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Ansgar
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Archbishop of Hamburg
834-865
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Rimbert of Turholt
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Leurderich
Bishop of Bremen
848-865
Succeeded by:
Rimbert of Turholt
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